Monday, September 1, 2008

AZ Proposition 102 and Future Religious Freedom

This November 4th Arizonans will be voting on Proposition 102 which, if passed, will add an amendment to the Arizona state constitution stating, "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state."

This is actually already a law in Arizona. So why do we need a special amendment to protect marriage? Because in states where they have nor already added this to their constitution, a handful of judges have removed the law on their own altogether. And there have been serious consequences as a result. In California it only took 4 judges to overrule the People.

I don't want to use this blog to talk about what the definition of marriage is. I happen to agree with the proposition. I also don't want to discuss the issue of homosexuality or same sex attraction (SSA). My personal belief is congruent with that of my faith - that whether it be genetic or by choice, to act on such feelings is not appropriate in the eyes of the Lord. What has my blood in a boil is the potential repercussions if this amendment is not passed.

Here are some examples of what has already happened in other states that have not protected marriage (and therefore religious beliefs) by amending their state constitutions:

In California -
"A Christian gynecologist at North Coast Women's Care Medical Group in Vista, Calif., refused to give his patient in vitro fertilization treatment because she is in a lesbian relationship, and he claimed that doing so would violate his religious beliefs. (The doctor referred the patient to his partner, who agreed to do the treatment.) The woman sued under the state's civil rights act. The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in May 2008, and legal experts believe that the woman's right to medical treatment will trump the doctor's religious beliefs. One justice suggested that the doctors take up a different line of business." - npr.org
Seriously?!! How bitter do you have to be that you sue someone who won't perform a service for you that is against their religion, yet happily refers you to their partner who WILL do it. Why sue?! And then for the judge to tell the Dr. he ought to find a new career if he's not willing to abandon his religion . . . I'm speechless . . .

In Massachusetts -
"Catholic Charities in Massachusetts refused to place children with same-sex
couples as required by Massachusetts law. After a legislative struggle — during
which the Senate president said he could not support a bill "condoning
discrimination" — Catholic Charities pulled out of the adoption business in
2006." - npr.org
How sad that a group trying to do something good for these children can no longer render this service at all unless they are willing to throw aside their faith for fear of hurting someone's feelings. I suggest that those who live alternative lifestyles (oops, I can't say that in California; it's now considered hate speech) try to adopt children from agencies that are not faith-based. Those that share any agency's core beliefs go to that one. Is that so hard?

I am not against homosexuals. I think all people should be treated as PEOPLE, regardless of anything else. I only had hoped that those who choose to do something different from me would grant me the same respect in regards to my religious convictions.

2 comments:

Krissy said...

WOW. Isn't that the truth!?!?! I had no idea about any of that stuff, but it leaves me speechless as well. It's amazing to me that there are enough options out there for same sex couples to eventually get what they want, but because there are a few who are STILL firm in their beliefs, they want to try and tear them down, because they're discriminating? PLEASE! It makes me angry. :(

Nicole said...

clicked on a link from Marrianne's blog and just wanted to say I agree with you whole heartedly! I think it is really ironic that in the states where the same sex marriage has passed they are starting to teach it in the schools, but yet all over the US they took out anything and everything that has to do with Christian religious beliefs! Seriously!

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