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Preserve marriage as God intended

Bloomington Herald-Times, June 12, 2009

To the Editor:

It is good that the California Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, an amendment to California's state constitution preventing government from recognizing homosexual marriage that passed with the support of 70% of black voters. But why is it good?

Think about smoking. We as a society have discouraged people from smoking because it is very harmful, both to the smoker's body and to the people who have inhaled secondhand smoke. We have we raised the cigarette tax, educated the public and banned smoking in "public places" to influence fewer people to light up. This is not because we hate smokers and want to persecute them, but because society is trying to protect them.

This is very similar, but with far more serious implications. Homosexuality is condemned throughout Scripture in both the Old and New Testaments and is eternally destructive to souls. Male homosexuals have a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases than the general population. Putting a stamp of approval on homosexuality as if it is just a different lifestyle choice is an act of hatred, not tolerance.

Keep marriage as it was designed by God from the beginning: a lifelong, monogamous, commitment of one man and one woman.

Scott Tibbs.

Note: This letter was not intended to advocate for government restrictions on smoking. I brought up restrictions on smoking to make a comparison. Unfortunately, there are only 200 words allowed in a LTTE, so I do not have room to explain every point, especially when there are two different topics being compared.