The B-I-B-L-E

Eugene Hahn, a Republican from Cambria, says people who want to do what’s right (in other words, those who want to ban marriage and civil unions for gay and lesbian couples) are not spiteful. They are merely remembering "The B-I-B-L-E," (yes, he spelled it out) and what it says about marriage.

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At 10:36 PM, Anonymous Kent Walker said...

Oh. the B-I-B-L-E? Suppose that he has read up on the
T-E-N C-O-M-M-A-N-D-M-E-N-T-S?

Maybe he should take a moment in the B-U-R-N-I-N-G - B-U-S-H and then let us know the direction he world should take.

At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is it that certain groups believe that they should be the only ones to have religious freedom?

By banning same-sex marriages, the state is telling my church that it is not allowed to call these unions marriages. My church supports same-sex marriages and currently, LEGALLY, is not allowed to call them marriage in this country. Legalizing these unions would not force other churches to recognize these marriages, just as Catholic churches do not have to recognize the marriage of someone who has been divorced. What the ban DOES do, is interfere with the rights of my church and the congregation to practice our religion.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

One of the things that has always concerned me personally about coming out was how it would affect me as a Christian. I did a lot of soul searching and concluded that I am who I am.

A friend of mine who studied religion in high school has been a great motivator for me. This friend shared some great thoughts and I would like to pass this along.

God makes us each us each in his own image. Part of that image is who we are, gay or straight. Its just like our fingerprint, hair color, eye color, etc. It makes us who we are.

I would go as far as to say that he does allow some of us to be gay. It could be used to help teach diversity among others, and you could argue that it could be a way to control the population. But in the end, if you are a Christian, gay or straight, and believe in God, you will have your place in Heaven. I know some will disagree, because they feel that they are more of a Christian than I am. In the end, we are all S-I-N-N-E-R-S and I don't think one group of sinners should judge another group. If Rep. Hahn can state that he has never sinned, then I have all of the respect for what he said. But, in my eyes he is like a thief telling others not to steal.

My question is this...why is our state Government worried about this? Simple, they don't want to pay out domestic benefits. Its all about money. Rep. Gundrum or the other Republicans don't want their tax money to go to domestic partner benefits. The University of Wisconsin is the only school in the Big Ten not to offer domestic partner benefits. Yet, 67 Wisconsin businesses offer, two of which are in the Fortune 500 and 6 universities/colleges offer it.

Why do they offer it? Simple. Competition to keep the best employees in their companies. The number of people who have signed up are small and the number of payouts is either 1 or 2% more. While many will stereotype that insurances will pay more for AIDS, insurance companies are saying the payout is about the same because they are not paying for pregnancy costs, as an example.

The companies that offer domestic partner benefits have strict rules on who gets it. There has to be a strong committment between the two companies in order to obtain the benefits. You can go to the HRC's website and view a few examples of the rules.

The question I would pose to Wisconsin voters is this, How does this amendment affect you? How will it change YOUR life?

If you use the excuse that you are doing it for your children. Remember as your child gets older, they become their own individual, and you may say yes to the amendment but no later to the freedom your child may want.

If you are doing it because of religion, well most people need to clean their own house first before criticizing others on how their house looks. See my earlier comment.

If you are voting yes because you can't stand seeing gay people walk hand in hand or make out, well some straight couples could use hotel rooms as well.

In the end, it comes down to respect. Respect your fellow citizen, let them lead the civil and legal life they choose. Being gay is not a crime. Stereotyping is a sign of ignorance. Don't let your ignorance make the decision. Realize this, take a unique feature about yourself and replace the word "gay marriage" with that unique feature. Kinda sucks we are voting on whether or not you should be allowed to be who you are.

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it's about money or religion. I think it's just about votes in November.

The state could save more money by legalizing same-sex marriages because it wouldn't have to pay out as much in social welfare programs to citizens (people would no longer qualify for them if they had to count their partner's income) than it (the state) would end up paying out in domestic partnership health insurance for it's gay state employees.


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