Letter: Whose word of God?
James Kellogg’s 7/21 column about gay marriage is filled with twisted legalisms and logic, half truths and misunderstanding of marriage.
“The religious-based concept of marriage is a time-tested cornerstone of family structure,” Kellogg wrote. Well, yes. But which religion, which time-tested concept? There are countless branches of just the three Abrahamic religions. Some allow for divorce, some not. Some allow multiple spouses. Some have been performing same-sex marriages for decades. Some still refuse to do so.
Kellogg seems to be pouting because the court did not support his particular Christian sect. Apparently he does not understand that while marriage is a religious institution, it is also (and in this country, perhaps primarily) a legal institution and it is only the legal institution the court addressed. The court required all civil authorities to issue civil marriage licenses without regard to gender. No minister is required to perform a particular marriage ceremony. No religious liberties are impacted except the liberty to impose personal religious beliefs using the law.
Kellogg asserted that 80 percent of Americans believe in God. Yes, but not necessarily the Word of God according to Kellogg.
Supreme Court decisions are no popularity contest, but April polls did show as much as 61 percent of those same Americans supporting same-sex marriage with 35 percent opposed and 4 percent uncertain. (Support declined slightly after the decision.)
Kellogg asserted that same-sex couples have equal protection via civil unions. But civil unions have no federal standing, so no state is required to recognize unions from another state. Unlike divorce, partners joined in one state cannot dissolve their union in another state. Tax benefits accruing to married couples are unavailable to civil partners. Civil partners cannot petition immigration authorities on behalf of non-citizen spouses, they cannot claim Social Security benefits based on a partner’s earnings, insurance companies sometimes treat civil partners differently and they cannot always be recognized as next of kin. This is equal protection?
Anyone as intelligent and educated as Kellogg had to know these things when he wrote his column. Shame on him for blatantly violating the Ninth commandment.
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