Time to rename marriage

The March 9 letter to the editor “Why oppose gay marriage?” discusses issues with which I totally agree. Marriage between homosexuals should not have any direct effect on heterosexuals.

That the government should be involved with the marriage issue also has perplexed me. Perhaps the government considers marriage as only a civil right with nothing holy about it. In a letter to the editor in 2011, I pointed out that some people may construe it to be a civil liberty.

But, for most Christians, marriage has always been recognized as a union between a man and a woman commissioned by God to prevent them from fornicating. Therefore, true Christians believe homosexual marriage is wrong and does not eliminate the sin of sexual intercourse with a person of the same sex.

Since, in many places, the homosexuals appear to be winning on the marriage issue, I offer one solution for Christians.

That solution would be to change (remove) the word “marriage” from heterosexual wedding ceremonies performed by a Christian pastor and replace it with “holy matrimony.”

There are several other ways to wed, including by a non-Christian pastor. Let homosexuals get married only outside of a place of worship by those legally permitted to perform the ceremony and call the marriage a “civil marriage” on the marriage certificate. Let Christian heterosexual wedding unions be called be called “holy matrimony.”

The lack of written outrage by our clergy on this subject is bothersome to me. I think that God will not look upon their silence with favor.

As for civil rights, I believe that all legal citizens of the United States – regardless of martial status, race, religion, nationality, income, etc. – should have equal civil rights in everything, including our complicated and controversial taxation laws.

Ralph F. Cauble

Martinez

Why oppose gay marriage?

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