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Tag: same-sex marriage


PRAYER: Can group practice what it preaches?

Re: “Turn event of controversy into event of love” (Your Voice, 5-6).

It has been so gratifying and encouraging to read the sermons espousing love, respect and tolerance as preached to Tacoma’s mayor and City Council by Maurie Laufer and several attendees of the recent Pierce County Prayer Breakfast.

They invited a champion who stood up for his beliefs in spite of personal cost. To prove to the community that this was not a “political thing,” I have a suggested speaker for next year’s breakfast. He also is a man of faith who was fired for acting on his

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ARIZONA: They were for it before they were against it

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer did the right thing with her veto of anti-gay discrimination legislation. But the fact remains that similar legislation is moving forward in other states, as well. We’re looking at you Kansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio. Take heed.

Some Arizona legislators who voted for the measure allowing public business owners to use their private religious beliefs to discriminate against gay customers had second thoughts. And not because of any new insight into the law of the land. Belatedly, the lawmakers realized major economic repercussions could ensue if the governor signed the measure into law – not the

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MARRIAGE: Stop making ‘choices’ argument

Re: “Don’t equate marriage, unions” (letter, 2-19).

The writer makes the same argument about lifestyle “choices” that others have made before. My question to people who denounce others in this way is, “Exactly when did you make the choice to be heterosexual?”

Does everyone fill out a pros and cons chart at puberty to choose if they will approach men or women as partners for the rest of their life? Nobody that I have asked has done this. I did not do this. I have always liked women and even had a girlfriend in kindergarten.

The gay people I have

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AMERICA: It’s OK for minority to bully majority?

Why is it that if you believe marriage is defined as between one man and one woman you are labeled a bigot? If you disagree with the president’s damaging policies they call you a racist? Or if you believe that abortion is morally wrong you are said to hate women? If you are a devout believer in God and attend a church, you are somehow less intelligent and misled.

What happened to an America where people were allowed freedom and liberty and didn’t have a statist agenda forced upon them? When did the minority bully the majority?

I say it

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MARRIAGE: Don’t equate marriage, same-sex unions

Re: “Limits on marriage equality falling across the country” (TNT, 2-18).

At a time when many decry calling upon the name of Jesus Christ because it may be offensive to some, I openly take offense to your headline implying that the falling limits on same-sex unions equates to marriage equality.

No matter how many times you say a cat is a dog, a cat will never become a dog. Same-sex unions can be made legal throughout the land, but they are still same-sex unions.

One of the greatest gifts our creator granted each of us is freedom of choice.

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RELIGION: Catholic school right to fire gay educator

Re: “Marriage led to firing, educator says” (TNT, 1-7).

The firing of the vice principal of the Catholic school in Sammamish was determined by the educator himself. He knew the well-known standard of the church in regards to homosexuality. That was and is determined by the Holy Bible, which states: ‘Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womenkind: it is an abomination.”

The Catholic Church has every reason and legal right to fire those who are not obeying or living up to the standards that the church teaches. But it is more than that; it is their responsibility

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NEWS: The real world offers reason for hope

Whether we get our news from the newspaper or the TV, it’s hard to maintain our faith in America when all we hear and read are negative, self-serving pronouncements coming from the likes of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Marco Rubio and Lindsay Graham. It seems purveyors of gloom and doom are very much in fashion these days.

And, yet, when we look at the real world, there is reason for hope.

The market is up about 20 percent for the year, job numbers are encouraging, real estate is recovering, universal health care is going through its birthing pains,

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MARS HILL: The 253 can show its hospitality

Some weeks ago, The News Tribune ran a series of stories about the inhospitable treatment Mars Hill Church has received here in Tacoma. Activists who opposed the church’s view on gay marriage protested Mars Hill’s planned fundraising dinner. Dinner was canceled and the local restaurant hosting them withdrew the usage of its facility.

We, the people of Life Center, believe this was a poor welcome to our community. Whatever our differences, the people of the 253 strive to be polite, civil and friendly to each other. In view of theses events we offered to host our own fundraising spaghetti dinner.

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