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MARRIAGE: Christians should oppose discrimination

Letter by Kathryn C. Comfort, University Place on Feb. 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm | 8 Comments »
February 14, 2012 10:56 am

I am a married, heterosexual Christian woman with three children. I am thrilled that Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the gay marriage bill.

It is unfortunate that some in the Christian community are using the Bible, a book that teaches “love God, love your neighbor as yourself” to continue to pursue discrimination. I am sure that similar views, and some of the same Bible texts, were used to justify making interracial marriage illegal a few decades ago.

The Bible has a lot of rules many Christians do not follow today. Leviticus 11 describes clean and unclean foods; how many Christians follow those teachings? I believe the Bible uses the same original word for seafood as it does for homosexuality: “abomination.” I guess God hates seafood?

The New Testament seems to endorse slavery in several places, and also states that women are to remain silent in churches. No Christian I know endorses slavery or the silence of women in church. These texts have historical context. I believe the same is true with regard to homosexuality.

The Bible contains the story of redemption. It also contains principles for living our best lives.

I believe God loves all of us, whatever our race or sexuality, and that we owe our fellow citizens the dignity of allowing them to marry. Promoting stable, loving family relationships should be something Christianity supports.

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