religion and gay marriage D
by Natalie Wendt
photo by Eric Gregory
A look at how same-sex marriage is viewed by Baha'i, Buhhhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, and Wicca
ebates about same-sex marriage often center on a question of religion. But the rhetoric opposing gay marriage comes from only a handful of religious people and does not represent all religious communities. Christian viewpoints alone run from vehement opposition to activism on behalf of gay couples. But rarely we do hear what other religions say about gay marriage. Let's take a look at the religious perspectives you may not know.
first five percepts being the most important. The third percept is "to avoid sexual misconduct." Buddha's original teachings do not directly reference sexual orientation and don't define "sexual misconduct." Some Buddhist cultures consider gay sexuality to violate the third percept, though there are no clear scriptural sources for this attitude. Other Buddhist communities are highly accepting of GLBTQ members. Bhikkshuni Thubten
The Baha'i Faith is one of peace and acceptance. It surprises many that it does not recognize gay marriage and encourages gay members to be celibate. Some in the Faith believe sexual orientation can be changed and encourage GLB members to leave same-sex relationships in favor of heterosexual ones.
Whether or not a Buddhist group supports gay marriage depends primarily on how that Buddhist community interprets homosexuality. Unlike many religions, Buddhism has no central book of religious law. Instead, the historical Buddha laid down precepts for his followers to adopt voluntarily, with the
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