Thursday, October 13, 2005

Marriage On The Ballot in Texas

On November 8, Texas will be voting on whether to ban same-sex marriages in the Texas Constitution. The state already prohibits same-sex marriages, by law.

This is an odd year for voting, and this usually means a small turnout. But, the Texas Restoration Project, a network of conservative pastors and others, have banned together to try and get this amendment passed. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force are equally trying to keep it from passing. They are running ads of lesbians and gays on television, with the words 'You know people just like this'.

A clergyman active in the effort, the Rev. Dwight McKissick of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, said he hoped the state referendums would be steppingstones to amending the United States Constitution. "They're all free to practice their lifestyle," he said of gay people, "but not to redefine marriage."
Kelly Shackelford, a leader of a pro-amendment group called Texans for Marriage, said that a low turnout would favor opponents of the initiative known as Proposition 2 since, he said, "we clearly don't have the money they have, and all the gay rights groups are pitching in."

Mr. Shackelford added: "The majority of Texans believe marriage is between a man and a woman. The biggest issue we have is getting the word out. Most people have no idea this election is coming.">

There are many people appearing in the commericals running on television by the The National Gay and Lesbian Task force:

The commercials feature, among others, the Rev. Carolyn J. Mobley, pastor of the Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, and her partner, Adrain Bowie, a videographer. "When I asked her to marry me, it meant a long-term commitment," Ms. Bowie says on screen.

I'm having a tough time with 'liberalism' these days. Scripture tells me that God made man, and then he formed woman from his rib. He made them to 'replenish' the land. And, I haven't found out how a man/man or woman/woman relationship can do that without 'outside' help. And, I don't believe that Scripture bears that out.

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