Much as we destroyed traditional marriage by allowing interracial marriage, yes, I'm aware.
Traditional marriage is defined by Christ as 'one man, one woman'. For life. Not two men, not two women, not 'till I can trade you in for a better, younger, cheaper, model.
You can support gay marriage all you like. You do so contrary to Christ.
The reason I'm not pushing these issues, and the reason there seems to be a truce on them, is because they are largely settled.
Forcing it on the regions is not a settled issue. You vote the Labor party line on that and I'll never vote for you again. Ever.
See below, but the civil unions we have in Atlasia in place of government-sanctioned marriage are a wholly civil and secular institution.
Again, that doesn't address the point. You are claiming Christianity backs you up here. Where? If you're willing to concede that your belief is contrary to Christ we can move on.
I have no issue with the statement that 'marriage as a secular institution, etc'. That's a respectable argument. Arguing that Christians should support gay marriage is a whole 'nother ball of wax.
The Economist has an excellent explanation of why polygamy is different.
I thought you said you were a Christian? Are you saying that what the economist says trumps what the bible says?
prohibiting polygamous marriage is placing a prohibition on conduct, while prohibiting gay marriage is discriminating based on biology.
So you're saying, in essence that people do not choose to have sex. Rape and consent are thusly impossible because people have urges that must be satisfied.
That's not my burden to prove, it's your own: I can provide no instances of Jesus condemning same-sex marriage or actions
Can you find one. Just one, where he condones homosexual activity.
And I can find one easy for you. Matthew 19. "He made them male and female". Why create two sexes which are capable of having sex with one another and having children - if that is not what sex was made for?
and cannot derive from the Gospel a Biblical prohibition of same-sex relationships.
Again, Matthew 19. It's all right there.
Look: I don't want a culture war. But I will defend the rights of same-sex individuals.
Then admit that Jesus explicitly teaches that the ideal of marriage is one man and one woman for life. Which is exactly what he does teach.