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December 9, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 9, 2013

Mayor Goodnight vs. the moral law of land

In a recent KT story, we were treated to the contradictory and inconsistent ramblings of Mayor Goodnight as he attempted to paste together a coherent argument against allowing the citizens of his city, as well as all Hoosiers, the right to vote on something as significant and important to society as the institution of family.

We are told the Mayor thinks Indiana faces more “pressing matters” than marriage and family. And what would those be? Goodnight says our focus should be on “reducing the number of vacant foreclosed homes,” as well as “how to get Hoosiers back to work.” Apparently the man elected to lead Indiana’s 13th largest city is blissfully unaware that the dissolution of family stability is at the root of both of those problems. That’s tremendously sad.

Further, think about the inconsistency in Goodnight’s silly position. He claims that the General Assembly has more important things to do than take a 2-minute vote to allow Hoosiers the ability to voice their views on marriage. Yet he as a city mayor with no constitutional jurisdiction or authority over the issue, takes time away from his responsibilities to sign a petition and issue press releases about his personal views on the matter. If the General Assembly shouldn’t waste their time discussing it Mayor Goodnight, why are you so willing to?

Unsurprisingly, Mayor Goodnight also regurgitates the tired and anti-intellectual argument that the Indiana Marriage Amendment will hurt job growth in the state. From Forbes to Kiplinger, the job experts continue to reveal that 9 out of the top 10 states for job growth in the country have marriage amendments, and 4 of the top 5 large cities in the country for job growth come from states that have marriage amendments. According to the evidence, if you want to improve job growth in your state, you enact an amendment protecting marriage from the radicals who would undo it. The willingness of the anti-family forces, with which Mayor Goodnight has aligned himself, to continue to perpetuate this lie about job growth reveals their desperation to deny Hoosiers their right to defend God’s natural law and moral order in our society.

And perhaps that is the most disturbing thing about Goodnight’s position. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it best when he said that “There are two types of laws: just and unjust…A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” It’s one thing that the mayor fundamentally disagrees with the great MLK, Jr. But it is contemptible that Goodnight declares the moral law of God to be immoral and “unwelcoming.”

It is the mayor’s choice if he wants to personally take on the moral authority of the creator. But he has no right to invoke the name of our city in such an arrogant and warped crusade.

Peter Heck, Kokomo

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