"Is Gay Marriage Just?"
A conversation between David Lapp and David Blankenhorn
On Monday, April 8th, David Blankenhorn, the President of the Institute for American Values sat down with King’s alumnus David Lapp (‘09) and King’s students to discuss the topic “Is Gay Marriage Just?”
After testifying in California’s Proposition 8 hearing in defense of traditional marriage, Blankenhorn shocked many when he publicly voiced support for gay marriage in June of 2012.
During the discussion, Blankenhorn argued that though marriage is an important institution, access to legal recognition should not be denied to same sex couples. Instead, the discussion should move towards addressing how to strengthen marriage more generally.
David Lapp cited a New York Times op-ed authored by Blankenhorn to ask him why he believed that opposition to gay marriage is based upon animus toward gays. Blankenhorn agreed and said he truly believed that hostility to gay men and lesbian women was the reason for the lack of support for same sex marriage. Lapp responded that the Christian understanding of marriage has deep roots in Christian theology, citing the Christian understanding of God as Father.
"The Christian idea is that we are in right relationship with our neighbor when we're in right relationship with our creator, God our Father,” Lapp said. “God as the creator, and He calls Himself father. He holds a claim on me... That relationship with God is supposed to order all of our other relationships."
Additionally, Lapp pointed to the Genesis creation account, arguing that God “blessed” the union of Adam and Eve, thus creating an “order that God has blessed.”
The discussion was streamed live and can be viewed below.
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After the discussion, students had a chance to ask Blankenhorn questions. After Blankenhorn asserted that passages of the Bible should not be interpreted to oppose gay marriage, Brandon Santulli, a student at King’s, pressed Blankenhorn on his claim.
If “we can’t trust what the Bible says about homosexuality,” Santulli said, “how can we trust it at all?”
Blankenhorn responded, saying, “I believe the Bible was written by people... That’s just my opinion.”
Dr. Anne Hendershott, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Affairs, helped organize the event. Hendershott was encouraged by the event, saying “I believe it showed that we can have a civil conversation on same sex marriage without accusing each other of animus.”
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