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In Theory: Reactions to Prop. 8 ruling

August 12, 2010|By Michael J. Arvizu

A California federal judge struck down Proposition 8, the state's law that prohibits same-sex marriage, last week. What are your thoughts on this ruling?

Judge Walker needs to address our concern that his own sexual orientation clouded his judgment. Nonetheless, the will of the people is clear; marriage must not be redefined. Marriage is by definition a heterosexual prerogative, not simply any imaginative variation. If two men want to pretend one is the feminine counterpart, then let them pretend they have an actual marriage, and do so in the closet and away from thinking society.

Walker deemed the people of California incapable of honoring the Constitution. Seven million of us who passed Prop 8 take offense. The Constitution doesn't say that men may marry men or women may marry women. It doesn't say farmers can marry cows, or that a pedophile's pursuit of happiness allows them to marry children. While these examples seem absurd, what makes them so, the fact that we haven't a current concern for such ridiculousness? Do we give dog licenses to cats? Neither do we give marriage licenses to what cannot be married unless marriage is merely about pairing up. We might then suggest heterosexual college roommates get married so as to also gain IRS benefits and cheaper insurance.

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Who says what's right if not the people of a society built upon the notion that we govern ourselves; that each vote counts, and not just when it agrees with opinionated judges who overpoweringly decide its validity? And what is the societal foundation of ours if not biblical? Morality wanes in modern times, but Americans can't get away from the gnawing feeling that something's still wrong with the sins God condemns, and everything's right with those institutions he blesses.

My opinion hardly matters, but hear the one who judges judges and makes the ultimate laws: "women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another … Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done" (Romans 1:26-28). God bless America?

Rev. Bryan Griem

Montrose Community Church

My thoughts: Hallelujah! A victory for justice. I hope it holds up.

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