by Alexandria Echo Press
November 2, 2012 at 5:23 am in Alexandria Echo Press
Minnesota’s hottest election topic continues to get hotter as Election Day nears. Continue Reading
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Personally, I’m tired of anti-amendment advocates saying that my support for the amendment is motivated by bigotry and hate. How do they know? Are they mind-readers? I don’t hate anyone and I would really appreciate it if these people would stop claiming I do without knowing me. I don’t hate homosexuals. I don’t wish harm upon them. I don’t even call them derogatory names because of their homosexuality.
As to why I back the amendment, there are plenty of very good, well-documented, entirely secular reasons to keep the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman — reasons that amendment backers have cited countless times, so I won’t bother reposting them here. They can be found very easily online.
When it comes to the arguments of the anti-amendment side, I find them quite unconvincing. As I mentioned, one of their primary arguments is that the amendment is about bigotry. Often, they say things like, “This amendment will enshrine bigotry against homosexuals in our state constitution.” This is hardly the case as the amendment doesn’t even mention homosexuals and it will not have any negative effect on them. State law already recognizes only opposite sex marriage, so the amendment will change nothing. The only purpose of the amendment is to ensure that no activist judge strikes down the current law and takes it upon him- or herself to enact gay marriage in the state from the bench. Indeed, a little known fact is that there is already a challenge to that law winding its way through our state’s legal system. If the amendment fails this year, I guarantee that some judge will exceed his or her authority and create a gay marriage law from the bench.
Another anti-amendment argument is that homosexuals “can’t help who they love.” This is not a reasonable or rational argument against the amendment! If we can’t enact or reject laws based upon religious beliefs, then how in the world is it reasonable to enact or reject laws based on emotions?
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C’mon … help me out. What are some of those non-secular reasons that I can find on-line? Give me a start. List a few for me. Thanks!
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In less than 12 hours I will have voted. Still, the above poster has shed NO light on the claims of good secular reasons to vote in favor of this ammendment. I smell a fish.
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Too many times folks who claim to be Christians bastardize Christianity through an illogical self role reversal with God. The judge in Christianity is God. Humans are the followers. If it is a sin to be gay God will judge the gay person accordingly at the appropriate time. For now human Christians should probably pay a bit more attention to keeping their own house in order and leave the judging to God. Hate is a terrible thing. Aboslutely no harm is going to come to straight people by gays marrying. This whole ballot question is based on hate and bigotry. The above poster is incorrect when saying that this ammendment would not harm gays if passed. It would harm gays by denying them the same rights that straight folks receive when they get married such as shared medical insurance coverage, tax incentives, rights to visit a loved one in the hospital, and much more.
I am proud to be an ELCA member. This branch of the Lutheran church is progressive in the way that they handle the gay question. Kudos to them! The Catholic folks are still thinking similarly to earlier members of their church. Examples include worshipping icons, purgatory, indulgences, the sainthood, the septuigent, and much more. It is way okay to believe what you choose to believe but please do not push a twisted view of morality based on your incorrect interpretations of the Bible on me.
Obviously I am going to vote no on the ammendment. The primary reasons include the fact that I know that I am not perfect, I do not judge others – I let God do that, and because I think that there are enough laws on the books telling us what we can and cannot do. If Adam and Steve want to marry may God bless them.
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