Letters to the Editor

Your views in 250 words or less

MARRIAGE: Religious objections are bogus

Letter by Brian W. Hogan, Kent on June 28, 2013 at 9:06 am | No Comments »
June 28, 2013 4:44 pm

Marriage as a religious issue is just plain bogus. When I last checked, civil marriages are still available at the local justice of the peace. I’m also sure there is no reason needed to marry, like: “Are you marrying for love?” or “Do you feel this is mandated by God?” or “Are you atheists?” or “Is this for purposes of procreation?” etc. It becomes a case of “who knows, who cares?” I’m sure most of us hope it is love they feel for each other.

In most Protestant churches I’m familiar with, if a married couple comes to a church, they would not be given a “test” to see if they married for the “correct” reasons. If a couple wishes to be married by the pastor, they might be counseled before the pastor would consent to marry them. If not, they have other options. So be it. But homosexual couples were not afforded the same consideration.

It is not enough to claim they love each other. In a Christian church, the emphasis should be on what Jesus would have done. I know that an overriding concept is the power of love. By example, Jesus excluded no one from this precept. Only the “followers” of Jesus later inserted their own prejudices into the message.

This prejudice has poisoned minds for generations to not accept the fact that homosexuals can have this same feeling of love for each other.

*
The News Tribune now uses Facebook commenting on selected blogs. See editor's column for more details. Commenters are expected to abide by terms of service for Facebook as well as commenting rules for thenewstribune.com. Report violators to webmaster@thenewstribune.com.