Another word about Question 1: Reading the BDN’s editorial in the Oct. 17-18 issue, one might get the idea that anyone supporting Question 1 is biased on religious grounds, prejudiced or scared of the long-term consequences.
I’m certainly not biased on religious grounds. Since I am in my 80s, I’m certainly not scared of the long-term consequences and I don’t believe I am prejudiced. I’m supporting Question 1 because I believe there should be a distinction between the natural joining of one man and one woman and the unnatural joining of two people of the same sex.
I know there have been homosexuals since soon after Adam and Eve, if you believe the Bible or since Homo sapiens emerged if you don’t. In either case, a union of two people of the same sex is still not natural. That is not the way the species evolved. Children raised by two loving people of the same sex are certainly better off than many of the alternatives, but the two had to have help to produce those children.
When the governor said, referring to civil unions, “I was creating second-class marriage for certain people,” that’s his problem along with anyone else who believes civil unions would be a second-class marriage.
Another class, certainly, but not a marriage lower on the totem pole. There are lots of reasons for same-sex unions, but to believe it’s necessary for them to be married is a farce.
Sin as equality
Someone on television recommending a no vote on Question 1: “You may disagree, but people should get to live the way they want.” There are many bullies, thieves, and dictators who will be relieved to hear this.
Another commercial lists “grandparents, single, divorced, gay or straight” as “families” that outsiders are trying to make ashamed. The only “family” that God has a problem with as abnormal is “gay,” a lifestyle he considers shameful. (Please see Romans 1:27). Those for homosexual marriage want to add gay to a list of normal situations so that it blends in as such. Does saying something often enough in an attempt to convince others make it true?
Our country’s laws are based on the Ten Commandments, a God-given outline on respecting God, others, and ourselves. Crimes are based on what God calls sin. Nowhere in the Bible does one read of two men or two women marrying each other. Just as hair washing does not equal tooth brushing, nothing but one man and one woman will ever equal marriage. This has nothing to do with equality, but everything to do with morality.
When people want what they want and not what God decrees, they attempt to alter His laws (such as in the case of Nevada prostitution). Altering laws does not equal changing what is right and true before God.
Please get out and vote yes on Question 1; otherwise, we will watch a minority convince well-meaning individuals to push sin as equality.
Tony and Carla LaRoche
Sanders for Belfast
In spring 2007, Eric Sanders called me to ask if I planned to run for re-election to the City Council’s Ward 3 seat. Yes, I was planning to run for many reasons. This past spring I was relatively sure I did not want to run in 2009, so I called Eric, as he had asked me to in 2007.
Together we had served on the Performing Arts Committee and I had gotten to know Eric somewhat. We met this past summer to discuss ideals and ideas. I believe Eric Sanders appreciates Belfast in many of the same ways that I have over the years and still do. As I leave office, I hope Eric Sanders will be chosen by the voters to guide the city of Belfast economically, financially and with the care needed. He has a broad vision with goals to achieve the vision.
Vote for Eric Sanders, Belfast City Council, Ward 3.
Catherine A. Heberer
God is not divided
In the debate about same-sex marriage, the BDN reports that clergy are on both sides of the issue, as though God has a divided mind. On Oct. 14, an editorial highlighted opposition by Bishop Richard Malone of the Roman Catholic Church and an article highlighted support by openly homosexual Bishop V. Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Church.
Can they both speak for God? If so, God is not all knowing and all wise, but confused. The truth is, God has spoken clearly through His word, the Bible — the source document of our Christian faith. Those proclaiming the Bible speak for God. Those denying the Bible speak for themselves. In Jeremiah 23:16, God said, “They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord.” We can’t use them as spokespersons for God any more than we can use a cleric who denies the Koran as a spokesperson for Islam.
God’s word is clear. God created man and woman with uniquely different bodies for sexual reproduction and brought them together in the first marriage. To understand why, God tells us in Malachi 2:15, “But did He not make them one…and why one? He seeks godly offspring.” Marriage, according to God, was to bear and raise children. Any other arrangement is not marriage, not according to God.
Daniel R. Packer
Oppose gay marriage
I am writing in order to persuade the public to vote yes on Question 1 in this coming election.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of Mainers believe marriage must be kept as the coming together of one man and one woman. Not only this, but also 100,000 have signed a petition to repeal this bill.
This veto by the people is not meant to take away from homosexuals but simply to protect the institution of marriage.
What if same-sex marriage was taught to your children? In Massachusetts, it’s already happening. Children are being taught about families with two mommies or two daddies, as though this is completely normal and the way life has always been.
Voting yes on Question 1 to preserve marriage in Maine is most beneficial for everyone. I ask you to do so.
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