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Gay marriage ban a religious freedom issue

Posted: June 5, 2008 7:43 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
I'm one of the "million fools" that Jonathan Kraut wrote of (June 3) who signed the petition to amend our state constitution so as to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The main reason our constitution must be amended this way is to protect our freedom of religion, which is one of the basic rights supposedly granted by our constitution and the primary reason this country was founded in the first place.

As an example, let's look at two incendiary statements from the Bible (teens uncertain about their sexuality may want to skip the next few lines). As paraphrased from Leviticus, God said, "A man should not have sex with a male as one has sex with a female, it is an abomination. Do not defile yourselves in this way." And here is another zinger from the New Testament, "The unrighteous, including homosexuals, shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."

Whether you want to believe these statements or not is up to you, and they may or may not be included in your religion. But just writing them has me looking over my shoulder for the "Gay Police." Mr. Kraut and others who forcefully advance the gay agenda call those parts of the Bible "hate speech." I suppose they think I'm a bigoted hate-monger forcing my "immoral, arrogant, self-righteously" narrow view of religion on the real Americans who naturally explore every sexual whim without the artificial shackles of religion.

They will try to define this issue as an "us-versus-them" battle, but it's not. I've had gay friends, family and clients, and I wish them all much happiness and a long life.

Here's the truth. When I vote "yes" in November for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, I will be casting a vote to protect my pastor. He or she must continue to have the freedom to believe and teach the above-referenced parts of the Bible and must have the right to refuse to perform same-sex "marriages" without being labeled a criminal by any judge or group of judges. The recent State Supreme Court decision plainly stated that it is a violation of the State Constitution to deny two adults from enjoying the same opportunity for happiness based on their sexual orientation. How soon before churches are burned in our courts for denying their sanctuaries to gays demanding equal access for their ceremonies?

If our state constitution denies freedom of religion and censors church pastors in the free teaching of all parts of the Bible, then that constitution must be amended.

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