The attack on Godly marriages continues with a new assault on the need for marriage licenses. Local state legislatures in Alabama are considering supporting alternatives that will eliminate the need for such documentation. A marriage license is important to ensure that the original tenets and requirements are not violated.
Before the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on June 26, 2015 which held that the United States Constitution requires every state to recognize and license same-sex marriage, the legal status of same-sex marriage in Alabama had been the subject of a long legal battle. Federal court orders in two cases took effect on February 9, 2015, and 47 of the state’s 67 counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples that day or shortly thereafter, despite an order from Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore not to do so. The other counties either issued licenses only to opposite-sex couples or stopped issuing marriage licenses altogether. On March 3, 2015, the Alabama Supreme Court, ruling in a different case, ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and they promptly complied, though a number of them refused to issue any marriage licenses at all.
The bigger challenge is that the term marriage originates in the bible and not as a tenet of the United States Constitution. The word marriage first appears in the King James Version in Exodus 21:10.
If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish (Exodus 21:10 – KJV).
The Book of Exodus is the second book of the Torah, the Hebrew Bible, and the Old Testament immediately following Genesis. Exodus is traditionally ascribed to Moses himself, modern scholarship sees the book as initially a product of the Babylonian exile (6th century BCE), from earlier written and oral traditions, with final revisions in the Persian post-exilic period (5th century BCE). The term marriage was instituted centuries before any other term that refers to marriage.
According to the Holy Bible, we find that marriage is between a man and a woman. We find the first example of marriage in the book of Genesis between Adam and Eve. Between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court has attempted to take a Holy term to fit an unholy union between same-sexes.
A marriage license is designed to keep the holiness of the doctrine of marriage intact. A marriage license is a document issued, either by a church or state authority, authorizing a couple to marry. In biblical times marriage served to increase monetary gain as well as reproduce an heir.
One example of the custom which centers on the production of an heir appears in Genesis 38. In Genesis chapter 38, Tamar is first described as marrying Judah’s eldest son, Er. Because of his wickedness, he was killed by God. By way of a Levirate union, Judah asked his second son, Onan, to provide offspring for Tamar so that the family line might continue.
Onan performed coitus interruptus. His actions were deemed wicked by God and so, like his older brother, he died prematurely. At this point, Judah is portrayed as viewing Tamar to be cursed and therefore as being reluctant to give her his remaining and youngest son Shelah. Rather, he tells Tamar to wait for Shelah. However, even after Shelah has grown up, Judah still does not give Tamar to him in marriage. (Genesis 38:6–14). Eventually, Tamar birthed a son from Judah.
Marriage license ensures that the tenets set forth by God remain intact. It positions the couples to at least obtain favor for attempting to follow God’s original instruction to reproduce an heir. Without a marriage license couples are not required to remain committed to God’s purpose for marriage.
Dr. Derrick and Minister Sheila Campbell
PO Box 4707
Cherry Hill, NJ 08012
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