To The Herald-Whig:
This is in response to a letter written by David Walz on Sunday, June 12, entitled "Gay Marriage All About Eight Letters." Mr. Walz begins by giving us a history lesson on marriage going back 3,000 years, citing as his source the book "The Knight, The Lady, and The Priest, A History of Modern Marriage in Medieval France." His contention being that the fuss about civil unions stems from the eight-letter word marriage.
I would argue that the debate is really about God's word where we truly find our whole concept of marriage.
Genesis 2:24 reads: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh." Immediately following in Genesis Chapter 3, Satan comes and challenges Eve with the question "Did God really say?" If it were up to mankind we would behave as animals and in fact I have even heard some clergy argue the case for homosexuality on the basis of having witnessed it in nature. Once again this challenges what God really said. We didn't evolve; we were created in God's image and so we don't pattern our behavior after the animals.
I can already hear some stating their disagreement of the Bible as the authority, not believing it to be true. I would first reply by asking if you have ever read the Bible or are you judging God and his word on heresay? I would then contend that the definition of something being true is not whether or not you believe it. If something is true, it is true based on its own merit. The Bible can be tested through history, geography and archaeology and has proven itself to be accurate.
Mr. Walz concludes his letter saying that in 10 to 20 years gay marriage will be a constitutionally protected right and people will wonder what all the fuss was about. I can only speak for myself and say that I will still be mourning all those who believe that because the government gives them a right they might somehow finally be fulfilled and happy. The void they really need to fill can only be filled with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
No matter how you look at it the question begins and ends with, "Did God really say?"