Gay marriage is not a civil rights issue

March 01, 2011

I am the pastor of a church in Baltimore County and found it impossible not to respond to Julian Bond's claim that being homosexual is a civil rights issue (" Md. must end marriage discrimination," Feb. 22).

The American Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a good law that protects all people from discrimination in categories of race, color, religion, sex, natural origin, disability and age. However, sexual self-expression with no fixed rules of what is right and wrong is not something that government should determine when it involves re-defining the institution of marriage. To allow the culturally constructed mindset of society to change the governing principles and guidelines set in place by God is evidence of the fallen nature in all of mankind.

Mr. Bond's claim that homophobia is at the root of denying gays and lesbians the freedom to marry is to misunderstand the difference between right and wrong. I would like to ask Mr. Bond if we should make laws giving the freedom to marry to everyone that wishes to express their sexual preferences beyond that which is natural? This to me would be frightening, but I will leave that one for your imagination.

Marriage is God's plan and is only between one man and one woman. It always has been and always will be. No matter how hard one tries to make something that is wrong right, it is still wrong. Gay marriage is wrong. It causes many difficulties in society, and contrary to Mr. Bond's ideas of community and family, gay marriage weakens the community as well as the family. Studies have indicated that the traditional family setting as we know it to be is the best environment for children to grow up in.

Strong families mean strong communities and strong churches. The church at one time did influence society and served as its conscience in some respect. This is not the case so much today. Mr. Bond also makes the comparison between gay marriage and inter-racial marriage. His thinking again is flawed in that inter-racial marriage has always been between a man and woman. I understand the importance of the positions Mr. Bond has held and the position that he now holds. I, too, have a very important position, the highest calling a man can have, and I refuse to compromise the truth for the desire within the public square. God has the final say, and marriage will always be between one man and one woman regardless of any law stating otherwise.

Rev. Terry Turbin Sr., Dundalk

The writer is pastor of Sonshine Fellowship Church.

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