Separation of Church and State was to get the state out of the church. The proof is in the original document. Marriage is a religious covenant. And the government does not regulate marriage to provide a public forum for two people to profess their love for one another. Marriage is unique because it is the social institution we recognize to channel the biological drive of men and woman with its inherent capacity to produce children into the ideal family units. Marriage provides the best opportunity of ensuring that any children produced by that sexual union are known by and cared for by their biological parents, and that benefits us all. It is because of children that government regulates and licenses marriage.
On the comment about the Bible condemning divorce and adultery, you are right when you say that no one is proposing amendments for those people, and that is probably because those people are not out to force everyone to accept their lifestyle. Gay marriage in and of itself is not harmful, it is the effects that will come from leaving marriage undefined that is harmful. And it is harmful to every citizen of this state, homosexuals included, because it will allow a huge infringment on the First Amendment Rights of citizens.
Massachusetts was the first state to render that it is unconstitutional to refuse homosexual couples the privilege of marriage. Has anyone thought to research how that state has been affected? In an article posted by Brian Camenker who opposes homosexual marriage, he recorded these effects on the state of Massachusetts.
• “In 2006 the Parkers and Wirthlins filed a federal Civil Rights lawsuit to force the schools to notify parents and allow them to opt-out their elementary-school children when homosexual-related subjects were taught. The federal judges dismissed the case. The judges ruled that because same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts, the school actually had a duty to normalize homosexual relationships to children, and that schools have no obligation to notify parents or let them opt-out their children!
• The wedding industry is required to serve the homosexual community if requested. Wedding photographers, halls, caterers, etc., must do same-sex marriages or be arrested for discrimination.
• In 2004, Governor Mitt Romney ordered Justices of the Peace to perform homosexual marriages when requested or be fired.
Is this what gay activist are after? To force everyone to acknowledge and accept the way they live?
Furthermore most of the arguments against the amendment are unsubstantiated. Paul Stam, the NC House Majority Leader released an letter addressing what the amendment will and will not do, this is a piece of it
1. The Marriage Amendment will not adversely affect North Carolina’s economy. A 2011 report by the American Legislative Exchange Council ranked states by economic performance between 1999 and 2009 and by economic outlook. Eight of the top 10 economically performing states have marriage amendments. None have legalized same sex marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships. Nine of the 10 states with the poorest economic growth have legalized same sex marriages or civil unions.
2. The Marriage Amendment will not affect the enforcement of domestic violence laws. Opponents would have you think the Amendment obliterates our domestic violence law. The cases they use as authority are Ohio cases later overturned by the Ohio Supreme Court. The Marriage Amendment will have no effect on the enforcement of our domestic violence statutes. Thirty other states have marriage amendments with domestic violence laws enforced. North Carolina does not even require that there be a romantic or intimate relationship for the statute to apply. N.C.G.S. §50B-1(b)(5) covers “current or former household members.”
3. The Marriage Amendment will not determine the custody and visitation rights of unmarried parents unless their behavior affects the child. Custody orders are based on the “parent”/child relationship. Courts base custody and visitation on the “best interest of the child.” The sexual behavior of the parent is not determinative except as it affects the child.
I understand that some people do not value the Bible and that is fine because their are repercussions to the failure of this amendment that can be addressed without God and his Word though it is a shame that we have to do that. However, I cannot understand the mockery people against this amendment are making of faithful Christians in their defense of their beliefs. If anyone is wondering how Jesus would vote on this amendment feel free to locate a Bible and read it.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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