Re: “Civil law and religion don’t mix” (letter, 2-20).
The writer is wrong on two very important points.
First, the Bible does make reference to same-sex activity being wrong. Most important, however, the writer, our governor and the Legislature have violated the separation of church and state, which goes both ways.
The church should not interfere in civil matters, and the government should stay out of church matters. What has been overlooked is that marriage originated from the church, not government. Marriage was a church rite for hundreds of years before governments inserted themselves into the process.
I believe that people should feel free to live any lifestyle they desire as long as they don’t preempt others’ rights in the process. Give these alternative lifestyle individuals a civil union, blessed by the state, with all the same rights as a married couple. Just don’t call it marriage.
Church rights are being co-opted by people who would like to destroy religion in this country or at least are naive enough to let those who are anti-religion convince them to go along. The line needs to be drawn now before we end up living in a state where religious freedom is no longer tolerated.