Obama caves to pressure – ‘comes out’ in support of gay marriageMay 10, 2012 No Comments
May 10, 2012 | MariaNews.com
Obama caves to pressure – ‘comes out’ in support of gay marriage
In an email to supporters Obama explains,”I’ve always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes.” Obama goes on to say that “I’ve gotten to know some gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.”
First off. If the issue is one of equality than why do openly gay or lesbian troops serve with distinction? Wouldn’t a distinction create an unequal classification with respect to troops who are not gay or lesbian? So already it seems Obama is holding the mysterious “some” gay and lesbian troops whom he personally knows to a higher standard. If a troop is honored by ‘serving with distinction’, it should be based on the merits of their action, NOT ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION! – Wow! – It is way to early for this sort of political nonsense…. my head is starting to hurt!
Civil Rights is an important issue. No individuals should be treated unfairly period.
However Obama actually was closer to having it right with his original position on the issue. The term ‘marriage’ does evoke a very powerful tradition. The tradition is one grounded in the institutions of faith. The tradition is thousands of years old!
Marriage is a covenant from God, not a civil right! What is a covenant? A covenant is a promise, a contract of sorts. By joining union, a man and a woman become one before God. In Christianity the couple supports each other and helps one another get to Heaven.
What is a civil right? Civics refers to the public sector. Often the term deals with welfare of citizens. Civics explores rights and duties. A right is essentially a legal option. A right is something people have a legally protected option to do or not to do. An affirmative act or omission. A legal duty on the other hand, is something people have a legal obligation to do or not to do.
“You have a legal-right to rescue a drowning person” but, “you also have a legal-right not to rescue the drowning person” (unless you are the cause, or if there exists a special relationship or duty) – a legal-right is something you may or may not do.
(As a Christian one may feel a moral duty to do something or rescue someone but there may or may not be a ‘legal’ right to do so)
I digress. The point is that marriage between same-sex couples is not a right. There is also no duty to marry. Likewise. Marriage between traditional couples should also not be a legal-right. It should a moral right grounded in the various institutions of faith.
Marriage is a moral covenant and moral-duty between a man and a woman before God. As Rick Santorum put it “once the Government starts creating so-called rights. They will be able to dictate how you exercise those rights, and they can take those rights away.”
There are legal considerations to be made when a man and woman join together in union. The Government issues a marriage license. Name changes, estate distribution, child rearing and so forth are all considerations that the law is concerned with.
If the issue of same-sex couples has become a reality of the fallen-times, than from a practical standpoint there must be safeguards to insure equity and justice. What I mean is that there needs to be some regulations with respect to individual rights such as inheritance rights. Perhaps the civil union as suggested by both republicans and democrats is the answer. One thing I am certain about is that Marriage is not and should not be the answer.
I realize that position may upset some folks. Too bad! Life isn’t meant to be perfect. As Christians we are all called to carry the burdens of the cross. For each of us, the Cross we carry may be different. For individuals who are gay, the Cross may likely be to refrain from acts deemed immoral by their faith. For straight couples, the cross may be marriage itself. Marriage is not easy and requires faith, loyalty and dedication to the promise the spouses made to God.
The moral fabric of the United States is being pulled apart. Will it only be a matter of time before activists start demanding the ‘right’ to marry multiple partners? When does it stop?
This is why,
I am ~ B. Wildered.
Here is Obama’s email:
Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:
I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:
I’ve always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.
But over the course of several years I’ve talked to friends and family about this. I’ve thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I’ve gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.
What I’ve come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.
Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn’t dawn on them that their friends’ parents should be treated differently.
So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.
Please pray for the conversion of all sinners. ~ B. Wildered.
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