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Last login: Friday, January 22, 2010
First of all, thanks to Maureen Cavanaugh for having me on her show for my first radio interview. It was an honor. I have read the posts on the site with great interest. I’m not sure about the protocol of an interviewee interjecting thoughts on the comment section. But given that the Prop 8 trial is pending, I felt compelled to respond to “haveaquestion.”Heterosexual people are permitted to marry the consenting adult that they love. In doing so, they receive significant state and federal benefits. Gays and lesbians are not asking for “special rights”. Quite the contrary, we want to be able to marry the consenting adult that we love, and to receive the same benefits from our government that heterosexual couples enjoy. Contrary to the suggestion of “haveaquestion,” we are not asking to marry more than one person (although the Bible condones this). We are not asking to marry a child (although the Bible condones this). We are not asking to marry slaves (although the Bible condones this). Nor are we asking to marry goats (although some Christians oddly suggest that this would be the inevitable result of permitting loving gays and lesbians to commit themselves to one another for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, ‘till death do us part). I have always found it to be quite mind-boggling that so many Christians complain that gays and lesbians are “promiscuous,” while at the same time denying us the right to marry the person we love. Although many Christians purport to base their morality upon a “Bible tells me so” approach, this is thankfully not the case. (Otherwise, we would still be stoning to death children who curse their parents, people who work on the Sabbath, and non-virgin brides.)For those who would like to see Mayor Sanders’ inspiring appeal for the right of gays and lesbians to marry, here is the youtube video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rfea8...
(And, no, I don’t expect him to be advocating for polygamy, pedophilia, bestiality, or sex-slaves anytime soon.)
January 22, 2010 at 4:03 p.m.
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