Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Date of Award

Fall 2023



Degree Level


LCSH subject

Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity; Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Christianity; Homosexuality -- Biblical teaching; Christianity -- Marriage customs and rites -- Homosexuality

Proquest Document ID



30693110 (Proquest ID)


St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.)

Size or duration

42 pages

Document Type


First Advisor

Alldredge, Karri


This thesis explores the relational influences between scripture, law, and queer context as they drive understandings of queer marriage norms in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the role that particular scriptures play in teasing out meaning from the various lived experiences of queer communities over the last century. These lived experiences, in turn, have influenced both approaches to scriptural interpretation and religious and legal norms surrounding the acceptance of queer people and their marriages within society. By utilizing queer biblical interpretation in dialogue with these influential biblical passages and legal and social norms that have developed in the United States, this work intends to acknowledge the value that comes from holding space for each area of influence while recognizing their connectivity to supporting both queer marriage and continued dialogues that ensure intentional, respectful, and meaningful participation in the ever-evolving process. Keywords: Bible, biblical interpretation, queer interpretation, law, marriage, queer, queer marriage, legal, Obergefell v. Hodges

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