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May 6, 2014

LETTERS: Gov't must protect rights of all

Gov’t must protect rights of all citizens

We must not amend our state constitution to define what marriage is, and we must repeal the current state statute that does the same. The only definition we should put into the constitution is, in the interest of maintaining a satisfactory level of civility in the human race, that marriage must take place between two people, and not elements in nature.

God has defined what he prefers marriage to be. And if everything worked as it’s supposed to, everyone would honor that preference and choose someone from the opposite sex. But everything doesn’t work like it’s supposed to, and people develop and choose differing views from God’s on marriage.

The government must provide the right of marriage to everyone, even if people do not follow God’s plan. One of the rights that comes from God is the right to accept or reject him and his plan, and the government must provide that right. God will not have himself legislated upon people, as a constitutional amendment would do. The government can encourage religion in our activities and recommend that God’s way be followed, but it cannot mandate or force religion upon people with laws.

A constitutional amendment would be establishing religion as law because it would be providing an activity — in this case marriage — from solely a religious foundation without any other choices or options. To people who are unbelievers, who don’t want the influence of God in their marriage experience, the law would be denying them a right that it is not unlawful for them to have. They couldn’t get married.

It’s a mystery how someone who means nothing to these people can mean everything to them in their choice of a marriage partner. They will defy someone who to them doesn’t exist.

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