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I like a good debate as much as anyone, but it’s not a good debate if it’s based on bad research. Such is the case of Newsweek’s cover story, “The Religious Case for Gay Marriage.” Religion editor Lisa Miller tries to make Scripture prove the acceptance of same-sex marriage.

She makes two major errors in her research:

“While the Bible and Jesus say many important things about love and family, neither explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman.”

Jesus would have answered, “Haven’t you read . . . that at the the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Matthew 19:4-6).

Miller also argues, “nowhere in the Bible do its authors refer to sex between women.” Again, I want to ask her Jesus’ question, “Haven’t you read . . . ?”

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. . . . Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones” (Romans 1:24, 26).

This is an important issue that deserves objective, accurate and fair scholarly study. Miller’s includes little of that.

Here are a couple of my attempts to address the issue:

Why is God so bent out of shape over homosexuality?

Why are same-sex unions not “marriage”?