6 out of 7 Texans not anti-gay

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: Great Reader Comment | Tags: |

“If our government starts passing laws that are against guidelines in the Bible, it starts to contaminate the spiritual water of our people … What does God say about homosexuality? He says it is an abomination,” said Barney Field of El Paso for Jesus.

Tempers flare over benefits for gay, unwed city employees

The city council of El Paso, Texas passed a resolution last week, providing benefits for gay city employees. It passed by a vote of 6 to 1. But, of course, there were those that protested. Barney Field is concerned about what will happen if we pass laws that are against guidelines in the Bible. Hey Barney, the Bible is not a legal document. And while you weren’t looking, we do allow many things that are forbidden in the Bible. Pick up Leviticus and then go clean out your closet. And no more shrimp cocktail for you.

“If our government starts passing laws that are against guidelines in the Bible, it starts to contaminate the spiritual water of our people … What does God say about homosexuality? He says it is an abomination,” said Barney Field of El Paso for Jesus.

Once outside, O’Rourke explained that concerns over what some see as “wasteful” spending by the city were unfounded. He explained that the cost of extending benefits to gay and unwed city employees would only add about $200,000 to a $700 million city budget. “It’s a drop in the bucket,” said O’Rourke. “Basically, what your concerns amount to is a moral issue.”

The District 8 city representative went on to explain why he believed these city employees deserved to be taken care of. “I think it is incredibly unfair to deny people — who are born gay and have entered committed relationships that have spanned years and who are hard-working city employees — benefits given their effort to make this a better city,” O’Rourke said.

Several protestors said they didn’t like that City Council is thinking for them. “You are a representative of the people, but you are voting based on your heart, not on the will of the people,” said one protester.

Benefits for unwed gay and straight couples were included in the budget City Council just passed. It is unclear if budgetary matters can go to a popular vote, city officials said.

Reader Freedom4All has a very reasoned response.

FREEDOM4ALL

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Bravo to the City Council for doing the right thing. For those who were protesting outside, I will approve of allowing people to vote for things like benefits to same-sex partners, if we are allowed to vote for everything thing personal and public that affects your life. If you want to put your spouse on your insurance, let’s take a vote. Everytime you want to do something that affects you financially, spiritually, and emotionally, let’s take it to the people and vote.

As for those Talaban Christians who, like the Pharasees in Christ’s time, will defend an institution over the love of neighbor. Why are you defending the “sanctity” of marriage when most of you are committing adultery, are divorced, and/or have remarried two or three times? When did marriage become the ultimate sacrament? For the majority of Christian history marriage was a compromise for those who couldn’t make it as a priest or nun.

To the one who said: “this is not about fair, hate, religion, or even christ. the family serves the state. that is a man and a woman get together and have kids.” So we are servants of the state? I thought slavery was thrown out a long time ago. Two men couples and two women couples can have children and raise a family, just as a male-female couple can opt NOT to have children. Marriage is not about baby production for the state.

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