The Debate Over Gay Marriage Amendment

By: Kim Bedford
By: Kim Bedford

Few issues on the ballot are getting as much attention as the marriage amendment.
You'll get to have your say in two weeks.
But some local clergy members are taking a stand against it, even though some don't believe in gay marriage.
Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford spoke with people on both sides of the debate.
Many of the 20 clergy members who gathered to sign a statement against the marriage amendment are flat out against the amendment.
But not everyone. In fact, some believe that although gay marriage is wrong, it's not up to the government to decide.
Still others disagree wholeheartedly saying, marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
A diverse spread of denominations from the Jewish tradition, to Protestant, Episcopalians, Unitarian Universalists, and even several ministers who are Pentecostal gather today to discuss marriage.
Reverend John Gill with the Church of the Savior says, "This is a statement that intrudes upon the personal lives of the citizens of our country. Religious perspectives like this shouldn't be enshrined in the constitution."
Reverend Kerra English from the Presbyterian Church (USA) says, "It sets back the clock for women, as well as discriminating against gays and lesbians who do have faith traditions."
Clearly not all clergy feel the same way about marriage.
Cedar Springs Presbyterian Associate Pastor Roy Zinn says, "I don't agree with same sex marriage, of course because the Bible doesn't present that as an option."
He also says same-sex marriage is not what the Bible or his church teaches.
"It says male and female, God created them and he created them to have, a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and the two shall be one flesh."
But Pastor Zinn says this marriage amendment will not solve everything.
"I think it's going to take a lot more than a law to bring people to a biblical conclusion about how they should live."
Meanwhile, clergy against the amendment say they just want religious freedom.
English continues, "Just because we believe in God doesn't mean we believe the same things politically."
Zinn points out one of, "The greatest thing about all of this is God cares for every one of us."
When you do head to the polls, if you vote yes for the marriage amendment, you'll be voting against same-sex marriage.
If you vote no on the amendment, you'll be voting yes, to keep the constitution the same.
The state's election coordinator has instructed all poll workers not to explain the proposed amendment to voters.


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