Some biblical scholars who hold to a more theologically liberal Christian view of same-sex marriage, such as representatives of the Metropolitan Community Church, make the claim that the word "homosexual" as found in many modern versions of the Bible is an interpolation and is not found in the original biblical texts. However, differences remain across demographic groups in the size of the majority saying homosexuality should be accepted by society. According to Ruth Vanita, "Indian newspapers, over the last 25 years, have reported several same-sex weddings and same-sex joint suicides, mostly by Hindu female couples in small towns, unconnected to any gay movement. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Columbia University Press,p.
According to their explanations, all homosexuals and sexual deviants were once offenders of the Third Precept prohibiting sexual misconduct - at least in their past lives, and they must pay off their past sins in their present life.
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There is also a concern that religious people might be marginalized for their beliefs about marriage. Paul Gordon Schalow 2nd ed. Homosexuality and religion Transgender people and religion. To say otherwise, as many Catholics try to assert is merely to play semantic word games to make the homosexual person not feel singled out, which is exactly what this teaching does. Columbia University Press,p. It is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Homosexuality is not unknown in Taoist history, such as during the Tang dynasty when Taoist nuns exchanged love poems. Am I going to hell if I come out as bisexual or a lesbian? Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 52, It doesn't specify the gender of one's partner. Brethren in Christ Church. Believers are expected to abstain from sex outside matrimony.