Q. I learned that several more states voted in favor of same-sex marriage and cannot imagine what they were thinking! I mean, really, that is just a vote in favor of promiscuity and the Deity cannot be pleased.

A. While you did not ask a question, I will make a comment. First, what is your perception of promiscuity? The types of behaviors judged as promiscuous do tend to vary between cultures (and religions) as does the prevalence of promiscuity, with different standards often being applied to different genders and civil status. According to Wikipedia, rapidly becoming a very credible source of information:

Promiscuity in human sexual behavior is the practice of casual sex with multiple sexual partners. The term can carry a moral judgment and be viewed in the context of a main stream social ideal for sexual activity to take place within exclusive committed relationships. A common example of behavior viewed as promiscuous within the mainstream social ideals of mean cultures is the proverbial one-night stand. Historically, stereotypes of the promiscuous woman have tended to be negative, such as the slut, while male stereotypes have been more varied, some expressing approval, such as the stud.

Second, I wonder whether you are really looking at the big picture in terms of monogamy? Studies show that a lack of monogamy occurs overwhelmingly in the general heterosexual population, one-night stands or ongoing adultery. Obviously, that does not appear to be a huge concern of yours.

Finally, what would you like to see in America? Individuals who choose committed monogamous relationships—regardless of gender—or a culture that does not encourage that? Many view same-gender marriages as a vote toward committed relationships and monogamy. Since the “deity” is all about healthy, functional relationships and communication, you might want to rethink your perceptions.

 

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