In response to Letter “Writer not surprised by Amendment 1 results” in the May 18 to 24 issue.
Marriage ‘not ours to define’
What is marriage? For thousands of years, it has been a special union between one man and one woman.
With the recently passed marriage amendment, however, people holding this view endure much criticism. Doesn’t such a law discriminate against homosexuals? Aren’t we taking away their freedom and imposing our beliefs on them? And what about the children involved?
As a Christian, I believe that Jesus instituted marriage as a sacred bond between a man and a woman for life, in order to raise a family and grow in virtue. Others assume this restriction damages the freedom of homosexual people, denying them a right to marry like everyone else. But what is true freedom? Is it the right to do whatever we want? Of course not – that would bring chaos and injustice. Homosexual unions and acts cannot be morally accepted because they break the natural law.
Two men cannot conceive a child, and neither can two women. Men and women were made for each other, and their love brings new life into the world.
The human family is the basic building block of society.
The purpose of the marriage amendment is not to unjustly discriminate against homosexuals. Rather, these people should be respected in charity. Yet we cannot redefine marriage because it is not ours to redefine, based on God’s law and the natural order.
May we all come to a greater understanding of real freedom, which allows us to seek truth and love above all.
A different take on Amendment 1
I take exception to a lot of what Ms. Cooper wrote last week.
First of all, most Christians don’t run around telling other people how to conduct their lives. We know we’re messed up and that’s one of the reasons we go to church. We don’t look at non-Christians and think we’re better than them. We see them as having the same life problems we have.
As far as the assumption of how Christians voted, if Cooper thought all Christians voted for Amendment 1, she’s wrong. This is a very small sample, but roughly 20 percent of the Christians I know voted against the amendment. They told me they were conflicted as to what to do. The primary issue they were dealing with is that it didn’t seem natural or right to allow gay marriage, but on the other hand they were thinking about what Jesus said about loving other people. He didn’t put in conditions on this and he said it was one of the greatest commandments. So this was their dilemma.
Lastly, the greatest freedom in our country is the right to vote. You seem very disgusted by North Carolina’s majority opinion in this matter. A lot of the majority were probably disgusted with your vote. That’s just life. The beauty of being a U.S. citizen is that we can move to a different place where the people have a more comparable mindset.
You should decide if you want to stay here and be frustrated or move to a place that’s a better fit for you.