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Old 03-21-2017, 06:16 PM   #1
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Gradualism and same-sex partnerships

Hi all,

If two men or two women are married in a country that recognizes same-sex marriages, and one of the persons later chooses to become a Baha'i, would he or she be expected to leave the relationship? Or does gradualism of the law allow for the new Baha'i to remain in this marriage which they entered before knowing the Faith?
 
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:38 PM   #2
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Neophyte,

That would be a question for the Universal House of Justice to answer, nobody can really say otherwise. The Teachings are clear that sexual relations between people of the same sex are prohibited. Whether people can follow that law while being in a same sex civil union is another question. The best marriages are first and foremost a close friendship.
 
Old 03-29-2017, 06:08 AM   #3
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Hi all,

If two men or two women are married in a country that recognizes same-sex marriages, and one of the persons later chooses to become a Baha'i, would he or she be expected to leave the relationship? Or does gradualism of the law allow for the new Baha'i to remain in this marriage which they entered before knowing the Faith?
When someone w/ more than one lawful wives who enrolls, he must keep them all and stay married and still remain being a Baha'i in good standing. The principles involved are obeying the law and honoring commitments, both of which would have to apply to legalized homosexual unions.

Something else, as I understand it there's no explicit specific prohibition on homosexual sex within marriage, so that would suggest that the two could still honk it on all they want too.
 
Old 04-04-2017, 05:29 PM   #4
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When someone w/ more than one lawful wives who enrolls, he must keep them all and stay married and still remain being a Baha'i in good standing. The principles involved are obeying the law and honoring commitments, both of which would have to apply to legalized homosexual unions.

Something else, as I understand it there's no explicit specific prohibition on homosexual sex within marriage, so that would suggest that the two could still honk it on all they want too.
If, as you say, there is no prohibition, then it is up to the Universal House of Justice to decide. If the prohibition against homosexual sex is in the explicit text, then the UHJ can't change that, of course. Either way, I would fully support whatever the UHJ decides in the matter, as that is in accordance with the Covenent.
 
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