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Okay, maybe it's just me, but read this section of the proposed Amendment to the Constitution (no matter your stand on the issue): "Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any state, nor state or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups," and tell me that it doesn't say NO ONE should be allowed to get married. "Upon unmarried couples or groups." Does not specify same-sex couples. It says "unmarried couples."

So if this Amendment were actually implimented, wouldn't it mean then that ALL marriages would be illegal?

I read a letter to the editor yesterday which said in a nutshell that it was an "absolute law of God" that homosexuality was an abomination. I had to write back (probably won't be published, though) and ask if the writer also eschews cheeseburgers, shellfish, and never trims his temples or beard, since all those are absolute abominations, as well. Why will "Christians" trot out the Old Testament every time it suits their purpose but ignore everything Jesus said about changing it? Ah, well. Read a terrific Op-Ed in the Times this morning about the situation; it compares Gibson's new movie to our "preacher-in-chief" (hehehe) leading the country in legislated morality (you have to be a member to read it): http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/26/opinion/26DOWD.html?th

If folks want to trot out biblical passages concerning marriage, in Matthew, Jesus comments that any divorced person who marries again is committing adultry. Of course, Henry VIII took care of that one by just starting a whole new church.

I wish "Christians" wouldn't so narrowly define God. He is infinite, and therefore we can't possibly define Him... or limit Him to what a few men wrote down in a book. I don't remember which paper I read it in (probably the SF Chronicle), but a biblical scholar commented that many people invoke the bible, but very few of them have actually READ it.


Feb. 26th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
A co-worker who attended a small, Christian college because his mother didn't want him to be corrupted, says reading the Bible in its entirety is the quickest way to make a person not believe in a word of it.

"Christians" prefer the Old Testament because Jesus said to love your enemies and to turn the other cheek and, if you're rich, sell what you have and follow him, and of course, no one wants to DO anything Jesus said, just reap the everlasting benefits of associating themselves with him.

That amendment reads to me as if everyone who isn't already married by the time it's implemented won't be able to get married unless the govt agrees to it, but unless it's retroactive, everyone already married (even in SF) has been grandfathered in. Who wrote this, do you know?
Feb. 26th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
Nothing creates an unbeliever faster than a solid religious education.

Feb. 26th, 2004 09:46 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
I can't remember who wrote it -- let me search... ah, there it is. Representative Marilyn Musgrave is the author. Of course, this article I found contains the first part of the paragraph which was missing from the other article I'd read, which starts, "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman." Still, a selective reading can be amusing.

While looking around, I also found this fun little site: http://www.dontamend.com/

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