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February 14, 2014

Feb. 14, 2014: Letters to the editor

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The government has a different role to perform than does the church. It must provide constitutional rights to everyone, whether they accept God or not. The state constitution must accommodate people of religion and people not of religion equally.

Marriage between same sex people cannot, of course, be performed in the church. It will have to be a civil ceremony, and it will have to be constitutionally recognized by a government that operates under God’s given right to choose. We must come to terms with this reality as a part of our imperfect world, and move on with our cumulative incompleteness. We have no choice, as long as we have a choice.

One thing we must do is keep certain boundaries around marriage in order to maintain the basic elements of civilization. God gives people the right of marriage — people, not plants and animals. And two people at a time, too — three is one too many.

The government, working from its constitution, does not define marriage, it does not write its constitution to define marriage. God has defined marriage, and it’s out there for people to choose or not. The state constitution should acknowledge the right to marry as being for two people, without any riders or attachments to define it further. It will be up to people to choose which two people it will be, to accept God’s definition or their own.

Any deviation from God’s plan does not please him. But he allows us to choose, and our state constitution should ensure that we will live out our lives in the way we have chosen.

Jeff Hatton

Greentown

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