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2/20/2014 10:06:00 AM
Voting On Marriage Rights

Editor, Times-Union:
I am greatly disappointed by the outcome of the recent HJR 3 marriage amendment legislation. Due to a handful of Indiana House Representatives, my own Representative Rebecca Kubacki included, Indiana citizens were denied a voice and a vote on this important issue. If Representative Kubacki truly believes in protecting the institution of marriage, as she has said, there is no excuse for her voting “no.”
The purpose of the bill was simply to help protect our state against the federal government and activist judges who would like to force their liberal agenda on us. Representative Kubacki has said that this constitutional amendment was unnecessary because marriage is already defined in Indiana law. The problem with that is that state laws are being overturned at the whim of activist judges all across the country. With all due respect, to think that this will not happen in Indiana, one would either have to be naive or just plain ignorant of the facts.
It is time for Christians sitting in the pews of our churches to stand up and speak up. With her “no” vote, Representative Kubacki voted to leave every church and pastor in Indiana vulnerable to threats and lawsuits for refusing to violate our biblical and moral convictions of keeping the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.
We may have been denied a vote this fall on a marriage amendment, but we do have a vote and an opportunity for our voices to be heard in the May primary and fall election. We need a state representative in District 22 who will stand by their stated convictions and truly represent the people they serve.
I plan to vote for Curt Nisly on May 6.
Rev. Mark Fishburn
Leesburg, via e-mail

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014
Article comment by: Chris Cotton

John 3:17

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Article comment by: Karen Kusserow

I am greatly pleased with the outcome of HJR-3. I would have been more pleased if the Senate had just killed the bill. And I'm not alone, in my views, in Kosciusko County. Perhaps those representatives that voted against HJR-3 understand what a discriminatory amendment it is. Perhaps they know that Federal Courts don't take discrimination lightly. Perhaps instead of being nave or ignorant they are well versed in the failed attempts to legalize discrimination in other states. Or, Perhaps they prefer to live with love and not hate. Continuously attempting to insert discrimination into Indiana's constitution, to me, points to naivety and ignorance of the facts. Guess we just have a difference of opinion.

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Article comment by: Michael Voisinet

These same sex couples most certainly should not engage in any kind of same sex relationship at all period. Homosexuality is not only contrary to Biblical teachings it is also in direct contradiction of Gods Laws as well. Homosexuality is considered sodomy.

Sodomy is also in direct contradiction of Gods Laws. A man shall not engage in sexual intercourse with a man. Nor shall a woman engage in sexual intercourse with a woman.

If you want my honest opinion I think that all same sex marriages should be abolished completely. Those are my sentiments exactly. God has instituted marriage between a man and a woman and the procreation of children.

And it shall not be violated in any way,shape or form. What these particular individuals are doing is totally defiling the marriage bed as a direct result of their most despicable acts. What these particular individuals are doing is not only in direct contradiction of Gods Laws it is also in direct violation of human nature as well.

If God would have intended for men to be totally engaged in a same sex marriage He would have created Adam and Steve and not Adam and Eve. In the Catholic Church they always emphasize that same sex couples deserve respect and concern. They further contend that you should hate the sin but love the sinner.

Sure,we should love and forgive these particular individuals. But we must completely refrain from any further association with these particular individuals at all times. Yes,we should love and forgive these particular individuals.

But we must be completely leery of them each and every time. In the Catholic Church homosexuality is a mortal sin. And you most certainly should not receive The Sacraments if you are in the state of mortal sin.

If in the event that you do receive The Sacraments while in the state of mortal sin you most certainly are receiving them unworthily. And you are most certainly receiving them under very false pretenses. If you so desire to receive The Sacraments once again you must go to confession on Saturday Afternoon and confess your sins to God.

And you must make full amends for what you have done. After you have received full absolution for your sins and are truly repentant of them then you will be deemed worthy to receive The Sacraments and not before. You must fully resolve not to commit the same sins over and over again.

As the old saying goes: Actions do speak louder than words. Showing that you are truly sorry is much more important than the actual words used.

Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominate sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. It's psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture,which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,tradition has always declared that homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.

The number of men and women who have deep seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination,which is objectively disordered,constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect,compassion,and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and,if they are Christians,to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.

Homosexual persons are called to chastity. By the virtues of self mastery that teach them inner freedom,at times by the support of disinterested friendship,by prayer and sacramental grace,they can and should gradually and resolutely approach Christian perfection.

Leviticus 18:22: You will not have intercourse with a man as you would with a woman. This is a hateful thing.

Let us all pray that homosexuality comes to an abrupt end effective immediately.

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