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Christians shouldn’t support same-sex marriage

Published 12:00am Sunday, October 14, 2012

I am writing in reference to an article in the Sept. 12 issue of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune: “Why Does Marriage Matter So Much?” by Mary Jo Kilroy. She wrote correctly on the beauty of the wedding ceremony and on marriage itself.

However she seemed to have succumbed to pressure of the homosexual community.

I want to state up front that I do not agree with the practice of homosexuality. I also want it known from the outset that, on a personal basis, we should not mistreat those who do.

As persons, they deserve the same respect as all others and that I expect from others. I am not a “homophobe” (a made up word to put people like me on the defense).

However, because some choose to practice homosexuality does not mean that the whole of society must endorse, approve, nor change civil laws because of their choices. We all have the liberty to live as we please, but we do not have the privilege of having the State of Ohio alter its laws to mold to our choices.

If a couple of males or a couple of females decide to cohabitate and after a number of years decide to call it “marriage,” the people of the State of Ohio should not then enact a law calling it such.

If they chose to call their situation a marriage that doesn’t affect the rest of the state. The whole population should not write a law approving it. Ms. Kilroy cites the fact that some states have caved in and due to the nature of politics some officials and the President have endorsed same-sex marriages as a reason for the State of Ohio to do the same.

The discussion should go much deeper than that.

For example, what does nature teach us? Two men or two women can’t reproduce, but in order to have it appear as a normal relationship, they adopt a child (created by one male and one female). That may give it the appearance of a normal marriage, but they would have to have the help of a natural relationship to produce that child.

In addition, that child must grow up not knowing father and mother role models, and the State of Ohio, through civil law, would be party to that situation all because two same-sex individuals chose to cohabitate. This may not seem to be a problem with Ms. Kilroy, but well over 70 percent of the population in the State of Ohio claim Christianity as their faith.

While some may be nominal Christians, they still claim the Bible as their guide.

She is saying to them that they should vote for a law or politicians that support what their faith calls sin.

I do not wish to be mean spirited but do want to defend my belief that God created Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve, and that was by creative design.

If someone wishes to practice drug use, they have the liberty to do so, but we don’t need to change civil law to support and endorse it. If some want to practice homosexuality and lesbianism they have that liberty also, but we don’t need to change a law in Ohio to encourage it.

I know that Ms. Kilroy wants to be “politically correct” because she has served as representative in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. I also know she is serving with a group called the Freedom Ohio campaign for marriage equality (pushing same-sex marriage) which may be why she submitted her article.

My motive is not to be “politically correct,” nor to push some new organization. Rather it is to be morally correct and oppose those who would attempt to lower the moral standards of individuals and the State of Ohio.

I am not defending any new organization, but I am writing in support of Biblical truth which has served well for more than 2,000 years helping millions escape sin and giving a defense against those who would try to lower its standards.

Using the words “love,” “marriage,” and “companionship” in her article are touching, but they are used to sell an idea that is wrong even if practiced by some.

In that book I mentioned, we are told to watch out for those who “call evil good and good evil.”

The bottom line is: Christians should not sign any petition to support same-sex marriage.

Denny Coburn

Barnabas Ministries


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  • mikehaney

    lest we forget.
    The Mexico City Policy was first enunciated by President Ronald Reagan. It established that the U.S. government would not give U.S. taxpayer-funded family planning funds to private organizations that perform or advocate for abortion in countries overseas. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush also enforced the policy.

    But pro-abortion presidents Clinton and Obama each eliminated the Mexico City Policy and began giving tens of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars to groups that actively advocate for legal abortion in countries that don’t want to see their children threatened by abortion.

    When President George W. Bush reinstated the Mexico City Policy upon taking office in 2001, the director-general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation estimated that the policy would cost them 25 percent of their budget.

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  • keta

    Homosexual persons are called to chastity

    Well, there you go, homosexual persons. The “religious” community respectfully requests that you abstain from sex all your lives. Why didn’t you think of that?

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    any person who professes to be a saved christian, and supports abortion, and gay marriage, with a clear heart and mind, needs too return too the alter come sunday morning, because what he or she thinks happened there the first time, didn’t happen. with out the conviction, you don’t have christ in your heart. your just a lost soul trying too convince yourself and those around you that your something you are not.

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  • mickakers

    Oh Boy! Where to start? CHASTITY AND HOMOSEXUALITY: For a relatively simple explanation lets start from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.” (#2357) The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition. (#2358) Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self-mastery that teach them inner freedom, at times by the support of disinterested friendship, by prayer and sacramental grace, they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.” (#2359)

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  • mikehaney

    Denny Coburn–well said and I agree 100%.

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  • jessmhall

    Mr. Colburn , As I read your words it saddens me. I myself am a straight christian lady and I am a a strong believer of equal rights for people who are gay. I myself have many gay friends and I know for a fact that it is NOT a choice to be gay . They were born that way .I believe that any 2 people who are in love they should be able to get married.
    My many gay friends whom are also great believers in god and go to church every sunday and wendsday. My best friend whom is gay was the one that gave me away at my wedding in a church wedding. I hope and pray that someday that people will accept gay people that they are in love just the same as any straight person.

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