L. Merrill: Bible says man and woman

I do not understand how Christians and clergy can support gay marriage. The Bible states that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The clergy go through years of study to become a leader of a church of Bible believers. I don't understand how any one of them can go on television and radio and make such false statements.

It says in Isaiah 5:20, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness."

The purposed law says a clergy does not have to perform a gay marriage. Nothing is said about the vendors.

Last month, it was reported that a cake baker who refused to make a wedding care for a gay wedding was taken to court. The judge ruled against the baker on the grounds of discrimination.

What about the other vendors, the caterers, florists, photographers, church officials, etc.? Are they going to be taken to court for refusals?

Recently, I read how a clergyman was going to drop his license to be a notary public so he couldn't be forced to do a wedding.

That is not right.

Laura Merrill, Durham

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 's picture

Who cares

The vendors have a problem discriminating against homosexuals whether we have same sex marriage or not. Church officials are not vendors nor does it matter if a clergyman doesn't understand the law. No one can be "forced" to perform a wedding which the author writes just a few lines eariler contradicting herself.
Personally, I don't care what the author thinks is written in the bible, because she clearly doesn't know - polygamy was the "traditional", biblical form of marriage.

Jason Theriault's picture

Already the case.

You cannot discriminate against homosexuals now. Like the commercial that says "We ran a inn, and we got in trouble for not allowing lesbians to get married".

Guess what? Try that in Maine NOW, right this second, and you would be in the same trouble.

Maine Revised Statutes Title 5, Part 12, Chapter 337, Subchapter 5 §4591

The opportunity for every individual to have equal access to places of public accommodation without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin is recognized as and declared to be a civil right.

So if you run an inn, you cannot discriminate now. The vote on November 6 changes nothing about that.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Thanks Laura

In an earlier post I wrote that the last thing this state needs right now is to open another can of worms. Your list of vendors and lawsuits, waiting to happen, elaborated precisely what worms I was referring to.

 's picture

This makes me laugh, one man

This makes me laugh, one man one woman? You mean one man and several women or one woman and several men? What does the bible say about divorce? What does the bible say about interracial marriages? If you follow the bible 100% the way it is written then there would be no problem with divorces (bye bye lawyers) nor would would interracial marriages me allowed (sorry, Heidi Klum and Seal). No sex before marriage, what another laughable concept that Christians preach.

You talk about how marriage is a religious and civil is government, interesting. How about you go get a religious marriage and let same sex couples go to the government and get theirs, we'll see which marriage actually matters.

What's even better is that marriage pre-dates Christianity, so why is it that whenever marriage is brought up people are quick to bring out Christian values? They stole (go figure) the idea of marriage from the Ancient Greeks.

Fact of the matter is same sex couples have just of a much right to MARRIAGE as any Christian, Muslim, Jew or any other religion out there.

Let me ask you other Christians, when you wanted to get married did you not first have to go to city/town hall to a marriage license? Of course you did because if you didn't then your marriage would mean nothing. If marriage is only about the union of one man and one woman, feel free to relinquish your certificate at your nearest town/city and while you're at it relinquish your benefits you get under the state/federal government too.

Laws are put into place to protect the minority, it's time that the state and federal government put into place laws that give them equal rights.

Yes on 1, Marriage for ALL Mainers!

 's picture

No Mark, marriage is

No Mark, marriage is religious ceremony joining a man and a woman in holy matrimony. A civil union is the joining of two people into a civil contract.

 's picture

No, Bob

You can have a marriage without a church or clergy, but not without a license.

 's picture

civil contract

Marriage is a civil contract - no bible or clergy or church required!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You left out the only two

You left out the only two ingredients that matter; a man and a woman.

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