In my opinion, a recent letter to the Record-Courier written by Frederick G. Walz about marriage was nothing more than parroting of right-wing, religious propaganda. Within his letter, Mr. Walz bares his narrow world view by citing both an article from The Family Research Council and a book in defense of heterosexual marriage. The article even promotes the myth that women are safer within the culture of marriage. According to the National Council on Child Abuse and Family Violence, 3 to 4 million women in the United States are abused, mainly by their marriage partner. In addition, the writer says that he only believes in the "natural family," thereby admitting that he finds adoption unacceptable.
As a Christian, I choose to accept that each of us is wonderfully and beautifully made as God intended. Therefore, to dismiss the right of homosexuals to marry is to deny The Creator's gift of the fullness of His love and the right to share that love with ones intended. There is no God-created edict as to what marriage ought to be, but love is, was and always will be a consistent theme throughout all versions of religious scripture. Having received the gift of God's love, we must live into the following words as we learn to accept that gay marriage is no less than The Creator's call to be tolerant, respectful and loving toward each and every creature within His glorious realm:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres." (1 Corinthians 13:4-13)
Christina L. Vaught, Kent