Rex Miller's letter to the U-B quoted two Bible verses to back up his stance against same-sex marriage. Rev. Neil L'Hommedieu's religion column took the same stand. He wrote "... the only way to decide what is right is to measure it against the objective truth of the Bible."
So everything in the Bible is objective truth?
Exodus 35 says whoever works on the Sabbath must be put to death.
Leviticus 20 says adulterers, men who lie with men, and children who curse a parent must be put to death.
If we enforced those biblical laws, the U.S. wouldn't have enough citizens left to fight off a boatload of Vikings.
The Bible's main message, which is also the centerpiece of the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist religions, is "treat others as you wish to be treated." But selected Bible verses have been quoted to justify slavery and racial segregation as well as discrimination against same-sex couples.
Frank Wachob, claiming the government must protect "our God-given rights," wrote he was outraged by Rep. Maureen Walsh's support of same-sex marriage. "Rep. Walsh has completely disregarded the clearly communicated intentions and will of the 16th District constituency."
Mr. Wachob might have had a point if we were a democracy, but we're not. We're a republic, which protects us from a democracy's "tyranny of the majority." Even if Rep. Walsh could submit every question she votes on to everyone in her district, she shouldn't. Her duty is to protect the rights and liberties of all citizens.
The Feb. 9 U-B quoted Rep. Walsh: "Someone made the comment that this is not about equality. Well, yes it is about equality ... My daughter came out of the closet a couple of years ago. I thought I would agonize about that. But nothing is different. She's still a fabulous human being and she's met a person that she loves very much and someday, by God, I want to throw a wedding for that kid."
Someday, Rep. Walsh, we'll welcome your daughter and her loved one into our no-longer-exclusive club. In spirit, if not in person, we'll share their joy as they make their lifelong commitment, though some of us might wince as they kiss (old prejudices die hard). We'll smile as they leave the wedding party and stroll down Main Street, hand in hand.
I'll bet God will be smiling, too.