Bible, marriage and the Lord's Prayer

October 25, 2012

I am writing as a pastor to express my support for Question 6, which allows gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to be married in Maryland.

Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan explains that the concept of justice in the Bible is not punitive but distributive. Justice is not about punishment but about making sure everyone on earth gets a fair share. No one should be left out. No one short changed. Everyone should have equal access to food, shelter and clothing for sure.

But everyone also should have access to intangibles like dignity and equality under the law. The God of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures is a God of justice and a God of equality for all people. Question 6 allows all people to have equal access to the institution of marriage in Maryland. It takes us one step closer to the end we pray for in the Lord's Prayer, "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."

Please vote "yes" on Question 6.

Rev. Tom Harris, Baltimore

The writer is pastor of Govans Presbyterian Church.

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