Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Should it be legal for two adult U.S. citizens to have all the rights and privileges other citizens already have?
Gay marriage supporters carry petitions seeking a referendum to Augusta in January. “What’s the holdup?” asks one reader.
2012 file photo/The Associated Press
Gay marriage. What's the holdup? It's against God's law, some say.
Your God, maybe, not mine. Not the God of many, not the God of the godless. America is not a theocracy. Worship your God. Follow his laws.
Conferring legal status on a committed couple should have no impact on your faith. If same-sex marriage is against your personal moral code, don't marry someone of the same sex.
Many quote Scripture on the "abomination" of homosexuality in an attempt to put forth the Bible as an authority to establish U.S. laws. The Good Book is teeming with passages endorsing polygamy, concubines, slavery and the subjugation of women.
In addition to the death warrant in Leviticus 20:13, the God of the Holy Bible wants dead those who plant different crops side by side or wear garments sewn with different threads. Should U.S. law align itself with these precepts?
"Marriage" is defined in dictionaries and state statutes as a union between a man and a woman. Does this justify keeping same-sex marriage illegal?
Our Declaration of Independence declares "All men are created equal." But the "men" referred to were only white male property owners. We evolved.
Others suggest it is a slippery slope which might lead to marriage rights for children, turtles or toasters. These arguments are specious and insulting.
Felons can marry. Illegal aliens can marry. The developmentally challenged can marry.
It is un-American to deny marriage equality rights to gay and lesbian couples. This country has said out loud and on paper: Equal rights for all. Not just some. Not just those who worship a certain way or love a certain way. Marriage equality for all.
Maine's ban on gay and lesbian marriages is an unnecessary intrusion into the social marketplace.
It is like Maine telling its car buyers that they can have any Ford they like, as long as it's black, under the theory of "one car, one color."
It is like Maine telling diners that they cannot order a Filet-O-Fish or chicken burger at McDonald's, under the theory of "one beef, one bun."
It is like Maine telling mailers that they cannot use FedEx and UPS, under the theory of "one package, one post."
The mission of America is freedom, and freedom isn't free. The price of freedom is putting aside the prejudices that we hold against our fellow men and women.
Vote for gay and lesbian marriage this November.
According to my Webster's dictionary, the definition of "matrimony" is the union of a man and woman as husband and wife.
On terminology: As a Catholic, I like the term "matrimony." Will others accept the term "civil union"?
I would just like to put my two cents' worth in on the marriage question on the November ballot.
My wife and I are on opposite sides of the issue.
We haven't changed our minds since last time.
The $1 million or $2 million that is going to be spent on this issue would be better spent helping the homeless, food banks or helping the poor and elderly with heating oil next winter, which our wonderful president cut funds for.
That's my opinion.
Erwin McAllister Sr.
In his letter (Aug. 4) discussing the Bible's ban on same-sex marriage, Marc McCutcheon did not read far enough into Leviticus. At chapter 11, verses 9 and 10, there is a ban on eating shellfish. Shouldn't the opponents of same-sex marriage also seek a referendum on prohibiting the consumption by Mainers of lobster, clams, mussels and shrimp?
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