Is gender complementarity essential to Christian marriage?

– Mary McClintock Fulkerson

With the movement to legalize same-sex marriage, much discussion has centered on what defines marriage. Some have argued that marriage is an unchanging tradition. Historically, however, this is simply not accurate. The U.S. definition of marriage, for example, has changed radically over the centuries. This is especially so for women, who have suffered the most from traditional definitions… 

Opponents to gay marriage, however, would say the real unchanging requirement for marriage is gender complementarity – the idea that men and women are different from one another in essential ways, and that Christian love depends on the pairing of just those differences. “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” as the expression goes. Since Scripture can be made to support both sides of the debate, it is useful to think about the implications of this notion that a covenant relationship can only be made between two persons of different genders…

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