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Acceptance of diversity goes both ways

BY YOUR NAME Staff Writer Published: February 6, 2013

Nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized same-sex marriage. West Point has conducted one same-sex wedding and the National Cathedral will in a year, following the long waiting line of heterosexual couples. The Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, says same-sex marriage is a “human issue,” not a political issue. Wishful thinking!

Gay rights activism has become one of America's strongest political movements with breathtaking success. Forty-five years of political pressure in the media, entertainment, education, social engineering, and now President Obama's late “evolution” on gay rights have caused an acceptance of homosexuality that's crept into popular voting. Mainstream churches are still greatly conflicted over it and, now, so are the Boy Scouts of America. Pastors focusing on “human issues” should focus also on biblically accurate theological issues and give “humanity” biblical truth.

Language can't be allowed to sabotage the debate. Calling it “hate” to oppose same sex-marriage is inaccurate. Refusal to accept a new secular-progressive doctrine that conflicts with inerrant Scripture is “conviction” of absolute truth, not hate, bigotry or homophobia.

America has come a long way in understanding that good people can have same-sex attractions. We would not want to return to prejudice. But acceptance of diversity goes both ways. Those who support same-sex marriage would do well to exemplify the tolerance they espouse by accepting in every way those who hold to the traditional definition of marriage old as recorded human history, one man one woman.

C. Dale German, Bethany