On Les-Gay Civil-, and Bi-and Hetero-Small-Group Domestic-, Unions: the Scriputural and US Constitutional Rights to Diverse Models of Domestic-Covenant…’
Upon reading this text’s title and book blurb, I was excited to delve in. Civil Rights are a hotbed topic right now as they apply to many different communities in the United States, notably gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Gay marriage has been a topic in every election cycle for the past ten years, at least. An invitation to read the legal documentation of the courts’ legislative fight over this issue was too tempting to pass up.
In this book, Thomas Kuna sets out to provide the amicus curiae briefs he has personally submitted in defense of gay marriage to various state courts. He offers scriptural evidence, as well as a contextualization of history to support his position. In his historical discussion, Kuna delves into language and cultural interpretations to undergird his assertions.
The only problem here is that Kuna is an incredibly unreliable narrator. He uses terms throughout which are not part of the popular lexicon, and he fails to define these terms. He offers interpretations of culture and scripture without enough citation to lend them credence. He clearly states that versions of the “actual text of amicus brief[s] accepted by the court[s]” printed in the book have been altered, meaning they are not the actual texts accepted by the court. The entire text is riddled with inconsistencies. In a time when it is important to be informed about these topics, it’s even more important to be intelligent in your sources of information. This is not a good source.
The one star is awarded because Kuna does manage to make some interesting points, but the rest of the text renders them moot.
Peace Works Press
Tom Kuna-Jacob, BSFS, MA