Eugene Cho

gay marriage: failing both sides?

gay marriage?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 »

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‘everything but marriage’

from seattlestToday will be a significant day in the States of Washington as Gov. Chris Gregoire is set to sign into law a measure that would expand the state’s domestic partnership law to include “everything but marriage.” The bill would give additional spousal rights and benefits to domestic partners, including same-sex couples and unmarried senior heterosexual couples, in various areas of state law.

If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, this post (w/ its 330+ comments) explains why I hold to a ‘traditional’ view of homosexuality.  But having said, I think its preposterous Read the rest of this entry »

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prop 8 musical video

What do you think of this Prop 8 Musical Video? 

It’s a satire and I get it but it wasn’t that funny since well, they’re making fun of people like me.  I’m frustrated for many reasons including the lowblows at Christians.  I get the lowblows and potshots at Christians because we deserve it yada yada yada.  I understand.  But I get frustrated because you almost NEVER hear about the positive and good things that christians and churches do for their neighbors, cities, and such.  You only read and see the bad stuff that happens with churches, pastors, and christians. And stuff like Prop 8 just widens the chasm between people.  We stand behind issues without really knowing the people on the “other side.”

Well, I don’t really have the energy to share anything more.  In the next week or two, I’ll attempt to articulate why I hold to a traditional view of marriage but don’t support Prop 8.  That position sucks because it gets rocks thrown from both sides.  But let me stop here…I’ve received enough angry emails for the week that I’m considering removing the ‘contact’ section on my blog.

Here’s the video.  What do you think? Read the rest of this entry »

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church, gay marriage, and prop 8

Okay, let’s have at it respectfully.  You knew that the hotly contested and “controversial” Proposition 8 of California was eventually going to be discussed here.  Why am I bringing it up now?  This morning, I saw this billboard [online] and thought it would be worthwhile to host what I hope to be a passionate, compassionate, but above all, respectful dialogue.  I confess I don’t know much about the precise details of all that led to the actual vote of Prop 8 beyond the big picture media blitz it has received during the election season.

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What do you think of the billboard and it’s message from a group of Christians “sorry” about the results of Prop. 8.  From their website, Our Hearts are With You:

As a Christian, I am sorry for the narrow-minded, judgmental, deceptive, manipulative actions of those who took away the rights & equality of so many in the name of God… Read the rest of this entry »

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Thank you Bend, Oregon. Loved exploring & hiking around your beautiful area. Going to bring my fishing rod next time. Sabbathing. Pouring into my soul. We can't give what we don't have. I love my church. So proud of the ways they seek to embody compassion and justice. Some of them were in downtown Seattle this week to demonstrate their solidarity with Ferguson.

I'm in the middle of a 3 month sabbatical at Quest. I'm grateful for this time of rest and rejuvenation...but I miss my church dearly. Can't wait to be back in October. There are some amazingly beautiful churches around the world. Just remember though that true worship begins when you exit the church walls and live out your faith and convictions.

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We still got it. We look gooooood!

Blessed to be back in Princeton, NJ for couple days recently. We had our wedding ceremony in Korea but got "legally" married in the US at Miller Chapel in Princeton Seminary. So, it was only fitting to go back and have my kids take our 17.5 Anniversary  pics.

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