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Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) has come out for marriage equality in a post on Facebook:

CarperAs our society has changed and evolved, so too has the public's opinion on gay marriage – and so has mine. I pray every day for God to grant me the wisdom to do what is right. Through my prayers and conversations with my family and countless friends and Delawareans, I've been reminded of the power of one of my core values: the Golden Rule. It calls on us to treat others as we want to be treated. That means, to me, that all Americans ultimately should be free to marry the people they love and intend to share their lives with, regardless of their sexual orientation, and that's why today, after a great deal of soul searching, I'm endorsing marriage equality.

Carper joins a list of Democratic Senators who have come out for marriage equality in the last week. Only seven remain who haven't declared their support.

They are: Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Mark Pryor, (D-AR).

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  1. And another one gets on the bus. Can't complain.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 2, 2013 10:46:07 AM


  2. I hope the rest of the 7 will also come around.

    Posted by: nn | Apr 2, 2013 10:50:57 AM


  3. I am very annoyed that Towleroad is belitling the action of coming out by claiming these slimy politicians are 'coming out'for marriage equality.

    Coming out is an act of courage.

    Supporting equality is not an act of courage - it is merely an acknowledgement that you are a reasonable human being.

    Tom Carper is making zero personal risk by supporting equality.

    Why is Towleroad trivialising the process of coming our by pretending Carper is doing something comparable.

    Posted by: MaryM | Apr 2, 2013 10:57:21 AM


  4. well, MaryM, we need to remember that anti-gay prejudice is so intense, that Republican senators, even those with gay kids, are too terrified to support marriage equality, and those that do are unwilling to become active leaders within their own party for it.

    i'll say this, too : you know all the talk about the facebook-profile-pic "armchair activism" of the last week(s)? many have dismissed it, yet those people are forgetting that for many young and scared people, being "pro-Equality" is still something that earns them disdain and vilification from their own families/communities.

    while it's not "the same" as coming out as gay, it's an indicator of just how powerful anti-gay prejudice is that we have straight people for whom being openly pro-Equality does indeed *seem* like a Coming Out.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 2, 2013 11:12:03 AM


  5. ...And then there were 7.

    Posted by: Howard | Apr 2, 2013 12:13:24 PM


  6. We're getting down to the few who will probably never budge.

    Seeing how Tim Johnson is retiring in 2014 and wouldn't face any political fallout if he changed his mind and yet still won't jump on the bandwagon tells me he's unlikely to changes his mind anytime soon.

    Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu face tough re-election bids in 2014 in two very red southern states. Coming out for SSM seems like a very remote possibility from them.

    Heitkamp, Menchin and Donnelly aren't up for re-election until 2018 but they're from deep red states that may not be forgiving even then.

    Bill Nelson seems to be the only one holding out who may come around sooner rather than later.

    Posted by: Ozu | Apr 2, 2013 12:40:14 PM


  7. I am not sure that this public naming/shaming of the "holdouts" is helpful. The political realities that each of them face are unique. All politics is local. We don't do ourselves favors by backing them into corners, whereby their Republican challengers will score an advantage.

    Of course I want them to take strong, public stands for equality and our own dignity. But I want them to do so from a position of political strength -- and not if it means handing the Senate back to the Republicans. I feel like someone here needs to be a political realist.

    Posted by: Lars | Apr 2, 2013 1:19:16 PM


  8. Sorry, but now is the time to not just say you support our rights, but fight for us. It's that simple. We are tired of waiting behind and having politics being played with our lives. We deserve equality and we demand it. If they don't support our rights or aren't willing to fight for them, they aren't a friend of ours to begin with so......

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 2, 2013 1:29:18 PM


  9. How about the blue/purple state Republicans? Susan Collins (ME); Kelly Ayotte (NH); Dean Heller (NV); Chuck Grassley (IA); Pat Toomey (PA); Ron Johnson (WI). Some are unrepentant bigots, but their states are shifting quickly beneath them.

    Posted by: gruntled | Apr 2, 2013 2:12:07 PM


  10. Friends say that one of his sons is gay

    Posted by: MIT | Apr 2, 2013 2:19:46 PM


  11. RE: Support for Christianity and The Traditional Family

    I support many positions expressed by Senator Carper; however, I strongly oppose the Senator’s position on Same-Sex Marriage; and I will not be intimidated to say otherwise:
    Respectfully, President Obama, Senator Carper, other lawmakers, and judges have no authority in America to redefine MARRIAGE for another person in any way (none, zero, nada).
    First, MARRIAGE is not man's law and is not man's law to rewrite. Who are we to speak against God’s Law? Who are we to say that Man's Ways and Desires are better than God's ? If it is wrong to try to do what you believe is right, just, compassion; to try to live a Christian life or to follow religious practices that have existed since the beginning of time, then who are we; and
    what kind of society do we have?
    Let's be clear: Biologically and Spiritually speaking, the union of a man and woman is the not same thing and was not designed to be the same thing as the union of two men or two women.
    This is not a red America or a blue America, this is the United States of America, ONE NATION under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL people. On this issue of "Marriage Equality", the government and judges should not be telling anyone who they should or should not marry; this is a very personal choice. In America, we should be able to protect the rights of ALL people without blatantly violating the religious beliefs of millions of people across this country and around the world.
    From the Death Penalty to Same-Sex Marriage, if the U.S. Constitution "compels" us to BLATANTLY violate God's law then its the U.S. Constitution that we need to amend. Besides, if this sacred covenant with God is unacceptable by same-sex couples or anyone, why would they want to identify their relationships with this historic RELIGIOUS custom.
    In this country, In America, we should be able to tolerate the views of other people and protect the RIGHTS of ALL people without insulting, harming, or violating anyone’religious beliefs.
    Second, The Law of Marriage was originally written for man by God (Genesis-Revelation). Hence, Marriage is a RELIGIOUS value, a sacred custom, a tradition. In America, no one in this country is forced to comply with this sacred custom. However, it is the duty of the government to respect the establishment of religion and the free exercise thereof; hence, the Government has no right to REDEFINE marriage or any RELIGIOUS custom in this country for anyone, straight or gay, black or white, rich or poor.
    The GREATNESS of America is that the freedom of speech, religion, and other fundamental rights are to be protected and secured in this country. As a result, in America, many RELIGIONS exist; the American people are free to CHOOSE or NOT choose a specific church denomination; choose or not choose to believe or practice a specific religious doctrine; and no one is FORCED to accept the religion beliefs, ideas, or customs of others. That’s the beauty of America. That is why America is cherished by people around the world.
    Third, as Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships rightfully provide state governments with a mechanism to ensure that we fully protect the rights and treat all people fairly, including same-sex couples, it is absolutely unnecessary for this government to DEFILE Christianity and other religious doctrines around the world by SANCTIONING Same-Sex Marriage. In addition, different cultures reflect different values. So, in America, where do we draw the line: Civil Unions, Same-Sex marriages, Polygamy, Polygynous, or Polyamory? If Same-Sex Marriage, why not Polygamy? Considering the divorce rate and single parent homes, why not have multiple spouses? Other than for religious purposes and societal norms, there is no reason to oppose these customs.
    From the beginning of time, Christians have believed that God created Man and Woman. According to a nearly universal consensus, Christians have believed that God created Man and Woman with DIFFERENT biological and physical traits primarily for the PROCREATION of children and to extend man's lifeline on this earth (Genesis 1:28). So, who are we to reverse this sacred convenant that has existed since the beginning of time?
    MARRIAGE was defined many many centuries before the founding of this nation. Furthermore, MARRIAGE was designed to be the CORE foundation of the human society on this earth. So for me, (as a practicing Christian) at this moment in history, any lawmaker's Affirmation of Same Sex Marriage has only DEFILED Christian and Religious Doctrines around the world, placing politics and the desires of man before the desires of God. Hence, if the lawmakers in this country have so little respect for The Word of God, why should they expect anyone anywhere to respect anything that they say or do.
    Historically, MARRIAGE is perceived as a RELIGIOUS value, a sacred covenant to GLORIFY God. According to a nearly universal consensus, CHRISTIANS view marriage as a sacred covenant ordained by God for a lifelong union of one MAN and one WOMAN, a solemn covenant between a couple and God (Matthew 19). The PRIMARY purpose of accepting the sacrament of the Christian Marriage is to symbolize a relationship between CHRIST and The Church; to glorify God: to present the image and glory of God in one unit, one flesh, for the PROCREATION of CHILDREN and to extend the lifeline, God’s Gift of Life, to the people on this earth. This marriage theme runs throughout the Bible from the start of Genesis to end of Revelation. Let’s not forget, God understood that it would be difficult for man to follow his WORD; this is why Jesus Christ DIED for all of us—to give man a chance for salvation (Matthew 19, Mark 16). Heck, I admit this is difficult, very difficult; but we must keep trying to find the right way, the right path for each of us. This is why the government and politicians really need to stop playing around with these religious issues.
    Fourth, the traditional marriage may or may not be right for all people (I Corinthian 7); but considering the historic and universal influence of religion on individual's lives, this sacred covenant should be respected. So, instead of DEFILING the doctrines of millions of Christians around the WORLD and crudely misusing terminology that Christians have embraced from the BEGINNING of time to define MARRIAGE, people in this society must find a way to mutually and compassionately resolve this issue. One option, based on personal beliefs and principles, the people should be allowed to vote on this issue for their community. Another option: If same-sex couples and others do not accept that this solemn covenant with God that MARRIAGE is a union between one man and one woman, one solution may be for same-sex couples to CHOOSE another custom or use another term, other than MARRIAGE, to describe their relationships and reflect their principles. Another option, the government should only apply the term civil union (a legal domestic contract between two adult persons) for EVERYONE, gay or straight; Then, LEAVE this marriage matter to the individuals to make this decision based on how to proceed based on their personal beliefs and principles; just as people decide what faith to accept or not accept: Buddhists, Christians (Catholic, Baptists, Methodist),Jews. Muslims, Hindus, or Atheists, etc. Just as people make other very personal decisions in this country.
    Fifth, TOLERANCE is a two-way street. In a civil society, WE should not only respect and treat same-sex couples fairly with dignity and respect, but THEY should also respect others, our history and customs in the same way.
    Now, I understand and respect that America is not a THEOLOGY. Just as the Church should not dictate to the Government about public policies; the Government should not DICTATE to the Church or the American people about any religious doctrines. Therefore, from Baptism to Marriage, to one's Final Rites at Death, the Government should not be dabbling with religious practices for any group in America. Just as I chose Christianity, I respect the RIGHT of others to be able to choose or not choose a religious doctrine or make other decisions based on their beliefs. This, however, does not mean that I agree or disagree with the decision made. Again, the government needs to stay out of all religious affairs.
    From the beginning of time, God gave man the Freedom to Choose the path to follow. Let’s remember Matthew 22:21 where Jesus said “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar; and unto God, the things that are God’s.”The Bible is replete with scripture that tells us that you can’t serve God and mamom. For Christians, God sacrificed his son because he understood that it would be difficult for Man to follow God’s Word. So, when Jesus said render unto Caesar things which are Ceasar’s and unto God things which are God’s, he is saying decide who is your God.
    Sixth, biologically and spiritually speaking, the union of a man and a woman is not the same thing and it was designed to be the same thing as the union of two men or the union of two women; and to say otherwise is simply misrepresenting the facts. You can call an apple an orange or whatever you like; but, an apple is still an apple. You can call same-sex marriage, a marriage; but according to most Christian and other religious Doctrines, same-sex marriage is not a marriage. However, you cannot say in good faith that you accept the CHRISTIAN doctrine and at the same time say that you believe in Same Sex Marriage and/or that you understand the underlying principles of The Christian Marriage (Second Peter 2:20-21).
    Finally, regardless of our personal opinions, it is the duty of elected officials and all people to uphold the law; and to make sure that the rights of ALL persons are protected. In America, we ALL must always strive and fight to protect the legal rights and other earthly benefits of ALL individuals; to treat all people fairly with respect and dignity; moreover, we should be able to do this without jeopardizing our own religious values.
    So, this issue is about Christians or other people of faith STRIVING each day to perfect our lives and follow The WORD of God. This is not about violating any individual’s legal rights to property and other earthly benefits. I do completely understand concerns and the need to address property rights, bigotry and prejudices in this country. I agree that those issues must be addressed; but, other than that if this is about MARRIAGE EQUALITY that violates God's word, then this time, the equality issue is a big TWISTED LIE. God help us all.
    Peace Across America and The World
    ##

    Posted by: DM | Apr 4, 2013 7:00:06 PM


  12. RE: Support for Christianity and The Traditional Family

    I support many positions expressed by Senator Carper; however, I strongly oppose the Senator’s position on Same-Sex Marriage; and I will not be intimidated to say otherwise:
    Respectfully, President Obama, Senator Carper, other lawmakers, and judges have no authority in America to redefine MARRIAGE for another person in any way (none, zero, nada).
    First, MARRIAGE is not man's law and is not man's law to rewrite. Who are we to speak against God’s Law? Who are we to say that Man's Ways and Desires are better than God's ? If it is wrong to try to do what you believe is right, just, compassion; to try to live a Christian life or to follow religious practices that have existed since the beginning of time, then who are we; and
    what kind of society do we have?
    Let's be clear: Biologically and Spiritually speaking, the union of a man and woman is the not same thing and was not designed to be the same thing as the union of two men or two women.
    This is not a red America or a blue America, this is the United States of America, ONE NATION under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL people. On this issue of "Marriage Equality", the government and judges should not be telling anyone who they should or should not marry; this is a very personal choice. In America, we should be able to protect the rights of ALL people without blatantly violating the religious beliefs of millions of people across this country and around the world.
    From the Death Penalty to Same-Sex Marriage, if the U.S. Constitution "compels" us to BLATANTLY violate God's law then its the U.S. Constitution that we need to amend. Besides, if this sacred covenant with God is unacceptable by same-sex couples or anyone, why would they want to identify their relationships with this historic RELIGIOUS custom.
    In this country, In America, we should be able to tolerate the views of other people and protect the RIGHTS of ALL people without insulting, harming, or violating anyone’religious beliefs.
    Second, The Law of Marriage was originally written for man by God (Genesis-Revelation). Hence, Marriage is a RELIGIOUS value, a sacred custom, a tradition. In America, no one in this country is forced to comply with this sacred custom. However, it is the duty of the government to respect the establishment of religion and the free exercise thereof; hence, the Government has no right to REDEFINE marriage or any RELIGIOUS custom in this country for anyone, straight or gay, black or white, rich or poor.
    The GREATNESS of America is that the freedom of speech, religion, and other fundamental rights are to be protected and secured in this country. As a result, in America, many RELIGIONS exist; the American people are free to CHOOSE or NOT choose a specific church denomination; choose or not choose to believe or practice a specific religious doctrine; and no one is FORCED to accept the religion beliefs, ideas, or customs of others. That’s the beauty of America. That is why America is cherished by people around the world.
    Third, as Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships rightfully provide state governments with a mechanism to ensure that we fully protect the rights and treat all people fairly, including same-sex couples, it is absolutely unnecessary for this government to DEFILE Christianity and other religious doctrines around the world by SANCTIONING Same-Sex Marriage. In addition, different cultures reflect different values. So, in America, where do we draw the line: Civil Unions, Same-Sex marriages, Polygamy, Polygynous, or Polyamory? If Same-Sex Marriage, why not Polygamy? Considering the divorce rate and single parent homes, why not have multiple spouses? Other than for religious purposes and societal norms, there is no reason to oppose these customs.
    From the beginning of time, Christians have believed that God created Man and Woman. According to a nearly universal consensus, Christians have believed that God created Man and Woman with DIFFERENT biological and physical traits primarily for the PROCREATION of children and to extend man's lifeline on this earth (Genesis 1:28). So, who are we to reverse this sacred convenant that has existed since the beginning of time?
    MARRIAGE was defined many many centuries before the founding of this nation. Furthermore, MARRIAGE was designed to be the CORE foundation of the human society on this earth. So for me, (as a practicing Christian) at this moment in history, any lawmaker's Affirmation of Same Sex Marriage has only DEFILED Christian and Religious Doctrines around the world, placing politics and the desires of man before the desires of God. Hence, if the lawmakers in this country have so little respect for The Word of God, why should they expect anyone anywhere to respect anything that they say or do.
    Historically, MARRIAGE is perceived as a RELIGIOUS value, a sacred covenant to GLORIFY God. According to a nearly universal consensus, CHRISTIANS view marriage as a sacred covenant ordained by God for a lifelong union of one MAN and one WOMAN, a solemn covenant between a couple and God (Matthew 19). The PRIMARY purpose of accepting the sacrament of the Christian Marriage is to symbolize a relationship between CHRIST and The Church; to glorify God: to present the image and glory of God in one unit, one flesh, for the PROCREATION of CHILDREN and to extend the lifeline, God’s Gift of Life, to the people on this earth. This marriage theme runs throughout the Bible from the start of Genesis to end of Revelation. Let’s not forget, God understood that it would be difficult for man to follow his WORD; this is why Jesus Christ DIED for all of us—to give man a chance for salvation (Matthew 19, Mark 16). Heck, I admit this is difficult, very difficult; but we must keep trying to find the right way, the right path for each of us. This is why the government and politicians really need to stop playing around with these religious issues.
    Fourth, the traditional marriage may or may not be right for all people (I Corinthian 7); but considering the historic and universal influence of religion on individual's lives, this sacred covenant should be respected. So, instead of DEFILING the doctrines of millions of Christians around the WORLD and crudely misusing terminology that Christians have embraced from the BEGINNING of time to define MARRIAGE, people in this society must find a way to mutually and compassionately resolve this issue. One option, based on personal beliefs and principles, the people should be allowed to vote on this issue for their community. Another option: If same-sex couples and others do not accept that this solemn covenant with God that MARRIAGE is a union between one man and one woman, one solution may be for same-sex couples to CHOOSE another custom or use another term, other than MARRIAGE, to describe their relationships and reflect their principles. Another option, the government should only apply the term civil union (a legal domestic contract between two adult persons) for EVERYONE, gay or straight; Then, LEAVE this marriage matter to the individuals to make this decision based on how to proceed based on their personal beliefs and principles; just as people decide what faith to accept or not accept: Buddhists, Christians (Catholic, Baptists, Methodist),Jews. Muslims, Hindus, or Atheists, etc. Just as people make other very personal decisions in this country.
    Fifth, TOLERANCE is a two-way street. In a civil society, WE should not only respect and treat same-sex couples fairly with dignity and respect, but THEY should also respect others, our history and customs in the same way.
    Now, I understand and respect that America is not a THEOLOGY. Just as the Church should not dictate to the Government about public policies; the Government should not DICTATE to the Church or the American people about any religious doctrines. Therefore, from Baptism to Marriage, to one's Final Rites at Death, the Government should not be dabbling with religious practices for any group in America. Just as I chose Christianity, I respect the RIGHT of others to be able to choose or not choose a religious doctrine or make other decisions based on their beliefs. This, however, does not mean that I agree or disagree with the decision made. Again, the government needs to stay out of all religious affairs.
    From the beginning of time, God gave man the Freedom to Choose the path to follow. Let’s remember Matthew 22:21 where Jesus said “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar; and unto God, the things that are God’s.”The Bible is replete with scripture that tells us that you can’t serve God and mamom. For Christians, God sacrificed his son because he understood that it would be difficult for Man to follow God’s Word. So, when Jesus said render unto Caesar things which are Ceasar’s and unto God things which are God’s, he is saying decide who is your God.
    Sixth, biologically and spiritually speaking, the union of a man and a woman is not the same thing and it was designed to be the same thing as the union of two men or the union of two women; and to say otherwise is simply misrepresenting the facts. You can call an apple an orange or whatever you like; but, an apple is still an apple. You can call same-sex marriage, a marriage; but according to most Christian and other religious Doctrines, same-sex marriage is not a marriage. However, you cannot say in good faith that you accept the CHRISTIAN doctrine and at the same time say that you believe in Same Sex Marriage and/or that you understand the underlying principles of The Christian Marriage (Second Peter 2:20-21).
    Finally, regardless of our personal opinions, it is the duty of elected officials and all people to uphold the law; and to make sure that the rights of ALL persons are protected. In America, we ALL must always strive and fight to protect the legal rights and other earthly benefits of ALL individuals; to treat all people fairly with respect and dignity; moreover, we should be able to do this without jeopardizing our own religious values.
    So, this issue is about Christians or other people of faith STRIVING each day to perfect our lives and follow The WORD of God. This is not about violating any individual’s legal rights to property and other earthly benefits. I do completely understand concerns and the need to address property rights, bigotry and prejudices in this country. I agree that those issues must be addressed; but, other than that if this is about MARRIAGE EQUALITY that violates God's word, then this time, the equality issue is a big TWISTED LIE. God help us all.
    Peace Across America and The World
    ##

    Posted by: DM | Apr 4, 2013 7:00:09 PM


  13. RE: Support for Christianity and Traditional Marriage

    I support Senator Carper on many, many issues; however, I strongly oppose his position on Same-Sex Marriage; and I will not be initimidated or bullied to say otherwise.

    Respectfully, President Obama, Senator Carper, Senater Kirk, and other lawmakers, and judges have no authority to redefine MARRIAGE for another person in any way (none, zero, nada); and I will not be intimidated or bullied to say otherwise. Who are they to speak against God's Word? Who are they to place themselves above God?
    If it is wrong for people in his country to try to do what they believe is right, just, compassion; to try to live a Christian life or to follow religious beliefs that have existed since the beginning of time, then who are we; and what kind of society do we have? In America, we should be able to protect ALL people without disrespecting, violating, or dismissing the religious beliefs and customs of others in this country.
    MARRIAGE was defined many many centuries before the founding of this nation.
    MARRIAGE was designed to be the CORE foundation of human society on this earth.
    According to a nearly universal consensus, Christians have believed that God created Man and Woman with DIFFERENT biological and physical traits primarily for the PROCREATION of children and to extend man's lifeline on this earth. Otherwise, it would have been impossible to “…Be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28). This theme runs throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Who are we to reverse this sacred covenant with God that has been in existence since the beginning of time.
    Biologically and Spiritually speaking, the union of a man and woman is not the same thing and was not designed to be the same thing as the union of two men or the union of two women; to say otherwise is simply misrepresenting key facts. Again, in America, we should be able to protect the RIGHTS of all people without dismissing The Church and without insulting, harming, or violating anyone’ religious beliefs.
    But here we have The U.S. President, U.S. Senators, and others seeking to REDEFINE an institution that has been the core foundation of human society since the beginning of time; and leading us down a road that has no historical precedent or significant experiences by which to guide the nation. Shame on them for such irresponsible and reckless behavior. As Justice Kennedy stated during Oral Arguments for Prop 8: “We only have five years of information to weigh against 2,000 years of history or more on practices newer than cellphones or the internet ."
    First, Marriage is not MAN's law and is not man's law to rewrite. The Law of Marriage was originally written for man by God (Genesis-Revelation). Hence, Marriage is a RELIGIOUS value, a sacred custom, a tradition. It is the duty of the government to respect the establishment of religion and the FREE exercise thereof; hence, the Government has no right to REDEFINE marriage or any RELIGIOUS custom in this country for anyone. Therefore, from Baptism to Marriage, to one's Final Rites at Death, the Government should not be dabbling with religious practices for any group in America.
    Second, as Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships rightfully provide state governments with a mechanism to ensure that we fully protect the rights and treat all people fairly in this country, regardless of their religious beliefs, including same-sex couples, it is absolutely unnecessary for this government to DEFILE Christianity and other religious doctrines around the world by SANCTIONING Same-Sex Marriage. In addition, different cultures reflect different values. So, in America, where do we draw the line: Civil Unions, Same-Sex marriages, Polygamy, Polygynous, or Polyamory? If Same-Sex Marriage, why not Polygamy? Considering the divorce rate and single parent homes, why not have multiple spouses? Other than for religious purposes and societal norms, there is no reason to oppose these customs.
    Historically, MARRIAGE is perceived as a RELIGIOUS custom, a sacred covenant to glorify God. CHRISTIANS view marriage as a sacred covenant ORDAINED by God for a lifelong union of one MAN and one WOMAN, a solemn covenant between a couple and God (Matthew 19). Again, the Government has no right to REDEFINE marriage or any RELIGIOUS custom in this country for anyone, straight or gay; black, white, or brown; rich or poor.
    As Chief Justice Roberts further explained during Oral Arguments for Prop. 8, when the institution of marriage was developed, people didn't go around and say let's exclude homosexuals. The institution developed to serve purposes that by their nature included a union of a man and woman, not a union of men or a union of women.
    If this Sacred Covenant with God is unacceptable by same-sex couples or anyone, why would they want to identify their relationships with this historic RELIGIOUS custom. The Beauty of America--We should be able to protect the RIGHTS of all people without insulting, harming, or violating anyone’ religious beliefs.
    Peace Across America And The World

    Posted by: DM | Apr 4, 2013 7:11:09 PM


  14. RE: MARRIAGE

    Buckling underpressure or duress is a sign of WEAKNESS, not leadership or courage.

    Frankly, I believe the Democrats have handed the Republicans control of the U.S. Senate in 2014; and the Republicans will also keep control of the house. This is not a Red America or Blue America. This is the United States of America. On this issue, Democrats have gone entirely too far, too fast, rather than trying to find a mutually acceptable position.

    Posted by: DM | Apr 4, 2013 7:30:28 PM


  15. RE: MARRIAGE

    Buckling underpressure or duress is a sign of WEAKNESS, not leadership or courage.

    Frankly, I believe the Democrats have handed the Republicans control of the U.S. Senate in 2014; and the Republicans will also keep control of the house. This is not a Red America or Blue America. This is the United States of America. On this issue, Democrats have gone entirely too far, too fast, rather than trying to find a mutually acceptable position.

    Posted by: DM | Apr 4, 2013 7:30:30 PM


  16. Generally I vote Democrats. However, I do support Christianity and The Traditional Marriage.
    For me, I think Democrats are going too far, too fast on this issue. I think Republicans will gain control of the U.S. Senate and they will keep control of the U.S. House. After 12 years of War, Torture, and the worse economic crisis since the Great Depression, Democrats still can't get their act together.
    Buckling under pressure is a sign of WEAKNESS, not leadership or courage.


    Posted by: DM | Apr 4, 2013 7:46:19 PM


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