Adam and Steve

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"Adam and Steve" is a phrase that originated from a conservative Christian slogan "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve", intended to concisely summarize Judeo-Christian Bible-based arguments against homosexual practices or homosexuality.[1] Among other things, it implies that the natural way of life for humanity is illustrated by the Biblical account of the creation of human beings as a male-female pair.

History[edit]

The phrase appeared, on a protest sign, as early as 1977, as mentioned in a New York Times news service report about a November 19 rally in Houston that year.[2] Two years later, Jerry Falwell gave the phrase wider circulation in a Christianity Today report of a press conference he had given.[3] The phrase later acquired a certain notoriety, and, when used to name a pair of characters in a work of fiction, helps to identify them as members of a homosexual pair (Paul Rudnick's play The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,[4] the 2005 film Adam & Steve and other works). The phrase was used by the Democratic Unionist Party MP David Simpson, an opponent of same-sex marriage, during the British House of Commons' debate on same-sex marriage, although a slip of the tongue originally saying "in the Garden of Eden, it was Adam and Steve" initially caused laughter in the chamber.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Clarke, Victoria (September–October 2001). "What about the children? arguments against lesbian and gay parenting", Women's Studies International Forums 24 (5): 555–570.
  2. ^ Judy Klemesrud (November 20, 1977). "Equal Rights Plan and Abortion Are Opposed by 15,000 at Rally". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  3. ^ David L. Balch, Homosexuality, Science, and the "plain Sense" of Scripture, (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000) p22
  4. ^ Hurwitt, Robert (May 21, 2001). "Adam and Steve's adventures in paradise", San Francisco Chronicle, p. E4.
  5. ^ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2013/0206/1224329707241.html

Further reading[edit]

  • Katha Pollitt, Adam and Steve — Together at Last, The Nation, 15 December 2003.