Remember a few years back, when the people voted to give domestic partnerships the same rights and privileges as married couples, save for the right to call themselves “married”? We were told that this is the compromise between homosexual activists representing a fraction of a percent of our people that believe they have the power to redefine marriage, and the vast majority of the people of Washington State who believe that marriage is not only something the state should participate in, but something that we shouldn’t redefine.
We were told that that would satisfy the minority of minorities among us. After all, they have all the same privileges and are respected under the law equally as a married couple if they choose to join themselves under a domestic partnership.
But apparently that’s not enough. Now, they want to take the word “marriage” from us as well.
Let me help people understand why they want to do this. It is not about equal rights; they are and have always been equal under the law. There is no law anywhere in our books that discriminate between homosexual or heterosexual and marriage. We do not care what the sexual preference of our married couples are; it is completely irrelevant. The institution they want to take upon themselves is not the institution that describes their relationship. It’s like a corporation who wants to file as a limited liability partnership. It simply does not apply. Yet that seems wholly irrelevant to them.
What they want is they want to change our minds. They want us to treat homosexual relationships the same as heterosexual ones. That is, they want us to pretend that when a man and a man love each other, and decide to live together, that we should give them the same honor and respect that we give to a man and a woman who decide to live together. We all know why those two relationships are different, except, perhaps, the very young among us who do not know where babies come from.
They want to change our religion. They want to make it a crime to say, “God does not proscribe homosexual relations; God instead blesses heterosexual marriage.”
What happens if this law is passed is we will see a lot of people punished simply for their belief.
Now, when a flower arranger, a wedding planner, a wedding cake baker refuses to provide their services to homosexual unions, they will be sued for discriminating against someone because of their sexual preference. Except they’re not; they don’t care what they do with their sexual organs. They believe that heterosexual unions, man and wife, is a very special and honorable relationship, because it builds families and continues the chain of family relations that gave rise to our lives in the first place.
Now, when a church or counselors say they will offer services to married couples that are man and wife only (because the other form of relationship is a perversion and not to be supported), they will find themselves sued and perhaps paying fines, forced to offer counseling to people they believe are living in sin, or even that they cannot teach that one form of “marriage” is a perversion of the true form of marriage.
Imagine what would happen in my church, if a couple, man and man, join the church but are told they cannot receive a temple recommend because they are committing sins of a sexual nature, and will never receive a temple recommend until they divorce and cease from their sexual sin. What will happen? Why, our church could be sued, because we are discriminating against people based on their sexual preference. Perhaps one of the punishments will be that we have to issue temple recommends to these couples, and perform the wedding ceremony in our holy temple in front of God, angels, and the witnesses surrounding the altar. Of course, rather than commit such a blasphemy an desecration of God’s holy temple, our church would likely abandon marriage altogether, saying that the higher marriage reserved for those who obey God’s plan of happiness cannot be had because of violations of our religious rights. Perhaps our couples will have to fly to foreign countries or flee to other states to perform these sacred ordinances.
This is the heart of homosexual marriage. It is not, and has never been, about obtaining for themselves the same legal rights and privileges. It is about forcing others to accept their point of view as normal. It is about making us feel bad for believing that those who control their natural sexual urges, and who restrain themselves for the sake of their family, society, and their religion and God, are wrong and instead, we should all allow our sexual proclivities to dictate to us our identity and behavior. Ask any homosexual marriage activist what they think about churches that teach marriage is between a man and a woman, and whether they believe, in their heart of hearts, that this teaching should be allowed, and you’ll see their true colors.
This is not the same as allowing interracial marriages. States have exerted their rights to limit who is allowed to marry who, and that only because they thought they were doing a service for society. If you believe that racial purity is a good thing, then you would naturally conclude that a law which prohibits a mixing of the races to also be a good thing. Those who proposed interracial marriage did so because they did not believe that race mattered even a little. As people adopted this attitude towards race, interracial marriage bans were lifted.
What is it that the homosexual marriage activist disagrees with us on? They believe that a family with two dads who have homosexual relations with each other is morally equivalent to a family of a married man and a woman. They believe there is no difference between these two relationships, anymore than a black man is different than a white man. If you agree with him, that it really doesn’t matter what you do in the bedroom, and no behavior is superior or preferable to another, then you likely think the same as the homosexual marriage activist.What is morality, and why does it matter? Who cares what we do, as long as we “live and let live” and harm no one but ourselves and consenting adults?
If you believe, instead, that marriage between man and woman is ordained of God, not only to propagate life but provide for the children of such a union with the ideal atmosphere to grow into adulthood, then you stand opposed to homosexual marriage. If you believe we need to exercise self-control in our daily lives, not just in mundane things but sexual things as well, then you don’t believe that homosexual marriage is good.
Do you know what they think of you, who have natural sexual relations with your spouse in the bonds of marriage, for the purpose of raising another generation with a loving father and mother? They hold you with ultimate contempt. I cannot describe to you what they feel about you. You need only listen to them talk to each other to know. They hate you with a hatred you cannot imagine, just as you cannot imagine why someone would abandon their family and engage in all sorts of gross perversions of the sickest kind. Their hatred is the hatred of good by those who embrace evil; that is what this war is about. They intend to destroy you and your society, and replace it with their immorality and perversions of the same. They think they know better than God, and our ancestors, and all that is or was good in this world.
Ask yourself: Is a family built on love between man and woman preferable to all others?
I’ll be opening my pocketbook, and vocally and publicly campaigning for the initiative to overturn what the Washington State legislature is doing today. I’ll also vow to fight against any candidate who would support such a thing. We used to think such a thing could not happen in our state, but what fools were we! Now this will be the issue in 2012, and it will be an all-out political war between those with no sexual morality and those who hold it sacred, just as they intended.
Those who intend to hurt me will need to know that I take the pain with joy and celebration. I’m glad I can be counted worthy to be persecuted as Jesus was.