I don't want to start a fight, but I can't understand this at all:
Marriage is not a proper subject of dogmatic theology, but at most of moral or pastoral theology. There is no core doctrine concerning marriage, and it is doubtful that the subject warrants a doctrine at all, and at least some of the efforts to construct a theological defense of marriage do more harm to theology than help to marriage. The church did very well without much doctrinal reflection on marriage for centuries. The creeds and classical Anglican catechisms are silent on it. The Articles of Religion refer to it as an estate allowed, and available to clergy as they see fit. There is no settled doctrine of marriage, only changing rules, laws, rites and ceremonies — all of these, as the Articles also remind us, subject to amendment by the church [my emphases].
[I'm not going to link back to the source but you can simply 'google it', if curious. I don't want traffic noted in a web log to ignite another pointless flame war! I am reconciled to the fact that the author and I simply will never agree. Yet, the general topic remains: Is the Bible a Moral Standard?]
So I humbly return to the meagre subject of the last post: Article VII.
Although the law [lex] given from God by Moses, as touching ceremonies and rites [ceremonias et ritus], do not bind Christian men, nor the civil precepts [praecepta] thereof ought of necessity to be received in any commonwealth [republica]; yet, notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the commandments [obendientia mandatorum] which are called moral.
I can resolutely reject homophobia and easily admit civil partnerships into our polity (just as I must allow divorce and contraception and circumscribed abortion). But I cannot nullify Jewish moral law. In particular, I cannot o'erleap the persistence in Jewish law and custom of carefully separating life from death. For although I (personally) may fail to keep apart flesh (death) and milk (life), I do not thereby reject the ideal principle behind such activity.
Christianity stems from a deeply Judaic background, not from an Egyptian, Canaanite or Indian religious context. There is nothing interesting to be said about homosexuality from a world-historical perspective: it, like many things, simply is. There is only something to say to those of us who see ourselves bound to a particular tradition of texts and practices.