While I hold to “conservative” views on homosexuality & gay marriage, I support everyone having full benefits associated with civil unions. While it may not be popular to some, I think that the goverment needs to get out of the marriage business/industry, oversee civil unions for everyone, and marriage should be administered by churchees as they see appropriate. But that likely isn’t going to happen anytime sooon and the battle over gay marriage is only going to intensify. Want proof? Read this from yesterday’s Seattle Times:
A group called WhoSigned.org says it will publicize the names of people signing petitions for Referendum 71, which seeks a public vote to overturn a new expansion of Washington’s same-sex partnerships.
WhoSigned.org says it’s partnering with the gay rights group KnowThyNeighbor.org to put the names online.
In a statement Monday, WhoSigned.org says it expects people who see the names online to contact the signers for what may be uncomfortable talks about gay rights.
Sponsors of Referendum 71 have until July 25 to collect about 121,000 signatures to make the fall ballot. The referendum seeks to overturn the latest expansion of the domestic partner law, which would give partners the same state rights as married couples.
I can’t even comprehend the pain that the gay community feels but I wonder if this will only backfire on their efforts…
What do you think? (As usual, please be respectful in our dialogue)
Folks want an easy target and blame the Church or Christians for the movement against Prop 8 and other initiatives but I think they might be off base…
I think I need to chill on some of these intense topics. I’m not trying to play victim here but it’s exhausting and not pleasant to get these kind of emails from both sides. Folks are clearly passionate. While it may be hard for some to believe, I’m trying to Love God and Love People – trying really hard but apparently, failing miserably.
It’s people like you that give Christianity a very bad name. Read the rest of this entry »