Don’t Redefine Marriage
I am a conservative and I have feelings of compassion for other people when life deals difficulties,
disappointments, and trials. This includes those who do not marry, gay or straight.
I am not anti-gay.
The marriage question is not that difficult for me. I believe marriage is a union of male and female, mainly because it is about having kids and ensuring the continuation of life. That there is much more to marriage is true. That some couples cannot have children is true. That some people never have a chance to marry is true. That some marriages end in divorce is true. But marriage was instituted by God, starting with Adam and Eve, who were given the command to multiply and replenish the earth; and to become one flesh. We become one flesh in our children; there is no other way.
Let’s not redefine marriage — it’s the optimum union for perpetuating the species. If you can join in, great. If you can’t, for any number of reasons, that is fine too. You are still a child of God, a person who can progress in this life and overcome trials and obstacles. We are eternal beings. We should trust in God. Liberal government tells us we deserve whatever feels good; that we should have no trials, and that God is a figment of our imagination–some delusional shadow in our DNA carried over from myth-believing ancestors.
It’s not just LGBTs who feel left out. There are many who wish to marry, and do not for a number of reasons.
When you are widowed and have five little children.
Past President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley has said: “Nevertheless, and I emphasize this, I wish to say that our opposition to attempts to legalize same-sex marriage should never be interpreted as justification for hatred, intolerance, or abuse of those who profess homosexual tendencies, either individually or as a group. As I said from this pulpit one year ago, our hearts reach out to those who refer to themselves as gays and lesbians. We love and honor them as sons and daughters of God. They are welcome in the Church. It is expected, however, that they follow the same God-given rules of conduct that apply to everyone else, whether single or married” (LDS Newsroom, 7 June 2006)
I think when you bring God into the picture it is easier. God tells us not to judge. I do not condemn those with same sex attraction as sinners. Some of them keep the commandments and remain celibate. That is not something required only of them, it is required of everyone outside the bonds of
marriage. I teach my kids to remain virtuous before marriage.
However, I do not condemn those heterosexuals who live together without marriage. I do not condemn those who have sex outside of marriage. None of us are sinless. There are good people in this life, trying to be better. I do stand up for what is right. I am appalled by the man the Obama Administration chose to represent the gay movement, Dan Savage. He is a gay activist, that has bullied Christians and threatened Rick Santorum. You can see his video. Let me warn you, it is disgusting. And I am sure there are some in the LGBT community who find this man not representative of their politics.