Monday, August 13, 2007

Dems and Gay Issues

I read the article below this afternoon and it left me with mixed feelings. I have wrestled for a long time with the institution of marriage and who has most say in it. Is marriage an institution of the church or state? There are some very good arguments for both camps. With the 2008 Presidential election fast approaching, the gay issue is beginning to take center stage. My fear is that it's for votes and not a belief or values issue in the eyes of the candidates. If it was beliefs, how come there's not a homosexual candidate running or being pushed to run?

I'm a supporter of heterosexual relationships, BUT that doesn't mean that hate homosexuals. I love the person, I think what they're choosing to do is wrong. If two people of same gender decide to get married, I don't think I have much power to stop it, and regardless of the level of their relationship...I WILL CONTINUE to love them and CONTINUE to NOT support what they're doing. If they need help, they can call on me. If they want a friend, I'm here. If you're looking for a vote in support of allowing same-sex marriages...I will not.

This has me torn because I feel like if I don't support the issue, gays will shut me off and out. I don't expect people to support everything I do, and when they don't, it doesn't affect my relationship with them. So read the article and leave your thoughts. Remember...this blog is about peace, understanding, humility, walking in the way of Christ, and playing nice with each other.

Also, please note that the article is written by a human being with cetain beliefs etc. You'll notice that very shortly into the article. It sad how some people react. it also seems sad to me that the candidates won't fully support the issue but lead people on as if they do...again, feels like a vote capture than expressing values and's the same as telling a lie, to me. There are some very interesting quotes that will push several people's buttons.

"Five years from now, the marriage issue will be a non-issue."

That was a promise from former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, a supporter of same-sex “marriage” and one of six Democratic presidential candidates who appeared Thursday night on a homosexual cable TV channel, answering questions from a panel of homosexuals in front of an audience of homosexuals.

One by one, the candidates pledged their support for the homosexual agenda and same-sex unions during a forum broadcast live on MTV's LOGO network.

"I have a track record of working with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community," said Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, who went first. He stopped short of supporting same-sex "marriage," as did the other frontrunners, N.Y. Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards.

"Those rights should be available to gay and lesbian couples," Edwards said. He also said he wants public schools to teach young kids why some children have two mommies.

Clinton called the proposed federal marriage amendment "a terrifying prospect," "mean-spirited, divisive" and "a strictly cynical political ploy."

In the only surprising moment of the evening, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was asked if he considered homosexuality a choice, and he said he did. Panelist and singer Melissa Etheridge suggested he didn't understand the question and asked it again. Richardson repeated his belief that it is a choice.

Richardson later elaborated in a statement issued by his campaign: "Let me be clear — I do not believe that sexual orientation or gender identity happen by choice."

It was the first time presidential candidates have devoted a debate to the gay community and gay issues. It was sponsored by the homosexual-activist group Human Rights Campaign. The broadcast was sandwiched between the programs Small Town Gay Bar and Freddie Mercury: Magic Remixed.

"The fact that this debate even took place reflects the wildly disproportionate extent to which a very few super-wealthy homosexual activists have commandeered the political machinery of the Democratic Party through their contributions and influence," said Caleb H. Price, research analyst for Focus on the Family.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said, "These candidates would be better served accepting our invitation to reach thousands of values voters through The Washington Briefing, which, unlike this event, highlights issues that a majority of voters support — faith, family and freedom.

"If the Democratic contenders believe so strongly in their positions regarding same-sex 'marriage,' then why not attend our event and defend those beliefs? Or is it that Democrats have completely written off those who hold traditional values?"


Anonymous Kerri said...

Interesting to know.

November 10, 2008 at 6:11 AM  

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