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    Filed at 2:24 pm under by dcobranchi

    William Raspberry has a very nice column on the subject. He quotes extensively from one of my all-time favorite books, “Mere Christianity”:

    “I should like to distinguish two things which are very often confused,” he wrote. “The Christian conception of marriage is one: the other is the quite different question — how far Christians, if they are voters or Members of Parliament, ought to try to force their views of marriage on the rest of the community by embodying them in the divorce laws.

    “A great many people seem to think that if you are a Christian yourself you should try to make divorce difficult for every one. I do not think that. At least I know I should be very angry if the Mohammedans tried to prevent the rest of us from drinking wine. . . .

    “There ought to be two distinct kinds of marriage: one governed by the State with rules enforced on all citizens, the other governed by the Church with rules enforced by her on her own members. The distinction ought to be quite sharp, so that a man knows which couples are married in a Christian sense and which are not.”

    Would Lewis have supported gay (civil) marriage. I don’t know. Based on this brief passage, though, it seems at least possible.

    2 Responses to “OT: RASPBERRY ON GAY MARRIAGE”

    Comment by
    Jeffrey Boulier
    December 16th, 2004
    at 12:23 am

    Possible, but exceedingly unlikely. I read a lot of Lewis last year. If I remember right, he was in favor of removing the anti-homosexual laws in place in Britain at the time, but he was also very traditionalist, and had a distinct dislike of homosexuality itself.

    Yours truly,
    Jeffrey Boulier

    Comment by
    December 16th, 2004
    at 10:16 am

    Daryl, one reason I still like and admire Lewis (even though I am an apostate from Christianity) is that so much of his writing is refreshingly libertarian. I’ll try to find you some particularly good examples (it should not be hard as there are so many).