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Forced to accept same-sex marriage

“Find The Cost of Freedom,” a song from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “4 Way Street” album in 1970. What a passionate message it brought to us and who would have thought that song would come full circle for me more than 40 years later as I stand against the onslaught on the covenant of marriage in Washington state.

It looks like the changing of the guard for all of us, based on the values of a few. It is not the values of gay marriage proponents that slay my spirit, it’s their attack on my values which are a Christian world view. It is not enough for me to accept their choices without judgment, living among each other with a level playing field where married couples and same sex unions have equal rights and benefits under the law. It only becomes enough when I allow them to change the institution of marriage between a man and a woman to a distorted picture where a man and a woman become instantly only 1/3 of the marriage equation as it is applied to all citizens, even though only half of 1 percent will more than likely make up same-sex married couples.

Where will this stop? It won’t stop with marriage just as it did not stop with equal rights and benefits, nor allowing openly gay military personnel to serve. I believe that an assault on the churches will be coming, just as Bill C-250 did in Canada. It is considered a public incitement of hatred against groups based on sexual orientation to speak out against sexual orientation across the border. There is a loophole in the law that allows churches to read scripture that takes a stance against the homosexual lifestyle without being prosecuted. The loophole is so ambiguous that churches are afraid to test the waters. I found multiple instances online of Canadian pastors having complaints filed against them with the Human Rights Commission regarding pulpit messages. Some are being prosecuted, both Catholic and Protestant. It will never stop until we embrace the very values we disdain.

We did the near impossible, gathering enough signatures in six weeks, getting Referendum 74 on the ballot. Now as we approach the voting process, we are outspent in the ad campaigns, we are outmanned in volunteers, but our passion runs high, our moral compass is straight and we do not ask God to take sides with us, we simply want to be on His side.

James Oas


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