I just saw the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA, and while I appreciate the argument from the homosexual perspective (I’d be angry too if I had to pay an estate tax when in my mind I was married to my partner), it seems to be the further unraveling of the meaning of marriage. I don’t think our culture knows what marriage is, or even where to begin talking about it.
I also feel bad for singles, who must be wondering, what about us? Maybe the ultimate solution here is to let everyone select one other person, whether through marriage or some other legal contract, to be joined to for the purposes of health insurance, tax filing status, inheritance taxes, etc. That would undercut the government’s purpose of supporting marriage, but that ship has apparently sailed.
Our culture may be a mess, but God’s people have seen worse. In Leviticus 18:3, God tells the Israelites that their sexual activity must be better than what was practiced in Egypt, where they were, and in Canaan, where they are going. Read the rest of that chapter to see what God had in mind, and you’ll realize that as confused as we are about sex, we haven’t hit bottom yet. So buckle up!
Update: Trevin Wax has a helpful extended commentary here.