Last week on Public Discourse, Rida Fozi presented an Islamic perspective of marriage:
While Islam opposes same-sex marriage, its opposition to it and to President Obama's stance is not a matter of hate or bigotry but a matter of principle.
God Almighty states in the Quran on the creation of Adam and Eve, "It is He Who created you from a single person, and made his mate of like nature, in order that he might dwell with her in love" (Chapter 7, Al-Araf: Verse 189). He further refers to them in the Quran saying, "We created you from a single pair, male and female" (Chapter 49, Al-Hujurat: Verse 13).
From the beginning of time marriage has been established as a bond between a man and a woman. Islam views this bond as a sacred institution, one that allows for procreation and ensures that communities will flourish and the next generation will be full of God-fearing men and women.