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Toda, well said. Christians needs to balance the Scriptures with the Constitution and make a thoughtful decision on Amendment One. Most Christians on these boards seem to fear that gays will be able to marry if the amendment is defeated; this is not true. We already have a law banning gay marriage. A vote against Amendment One does acknowledge other unions (even heterosexual ones) and allows them their rights with medical insurance, emergency legal situations, etc.
Mrs. Lauer, the actual language of the amendment states "marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state." How about the children of unmarried heterosexual parents? Will they lose their insurance because their parents are not married? Can unmarried people not make medical decisions for each other in a crisis because they are not wed? Many single women have children as well. How will their lives change? There is a lot to consider. I say vote no!
Thank you for this letter! The "Vote No" signs are gone in West End as well, at least along Route 211. Jim Heim, can more signs get put up?
Jim Heim, very well said and what I've been trying to get across. If the amendment passes, all civil unions of any persuasion will not be recognized. Here's something else: why are the "Vote No" signs all taken down on Rt. 211 in Pinehurst and West End? They were up but now they are gone.
Bentpan, you made a good point, but bigamy, pedophelia, and bestiality hurt people, especially women and children. Therefore, they can be legislated. Gay marriage, in and of itself, does not hurt people. I also plan to vote no on the amendment because I want to protect children of heterosexual unions of parents not married. It's possible the parents may lose medical benefits or ability to make legal decisions.
Tom, I don't agree with everything you said, but I love the way you portrayed Christ's everlasting love toward us. I am an evangelical Christian taking some heat because I'm voting no on Amendment One. I reconcile it this way: I have my Christian faith but I also have my duty to the Constitution, which guarantees freedom for all. People will do as they are led; you cannot legislate morality.
Thanks to Susie's Law which now enables a prison sentence for animal cruelty. Also, many thanks to the Progress Energy workers, Frank Ringelberg,and the DA for doing the right thing. Animals are sentient, and feel pain just as we do. Anyone who abuses them should be severely punished.
LSM, I am a Christian and not just in a "going to church sense." I have accepted Chrsit as my personal Savior and lean on Him for my salvation, just as the Bible prescribles. I was trying to make the point of looking out for people in other domestic situations that may lose their rights, notably children. They are the voiceless ones. I don't know if I responded with class or not, as you say, but that is how I feel.
Bonnie, I am a Christian but I'm also living in the real world. If traditional marriage makes for happy children, why do we have so many unhappy children in those homes? You also say, why marry if you can't have children? How about senior senior citizens? They can't have children but certainly they can marry if they choose to! Lastly, this amendment is not strictly about just gay couples. How about children of heterosexual couples living together? It's possible their parents' rights may be terminated in terms of insurance or important legal decisions. There's a lot to consider! It's not as easy as you are making it out to be.
As I've written before, I'm very disappointed in The Pilot. It's like Mr. Nagy and company got a story and wouldn't let it go, regardless of the consequences to Mr. Davis or his family. Mr. Nagy already admitted he let out too much personal information in his zeal, so let's hope he checks with his lawyer next time. BFlat made a good point in saying why didn't Mr. Davis get as much coverage as the other candidates prior to the incident? Where was The Pilot's sense of fair play then? Most people I speak with are disappointed in you, Tom Embrey, and The Pilot. If there was another newspaper in town, they'd switch.
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