Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Morality, Not Civil Rights

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Vermont legislators who supported civil unions for gay couples are fighting for their political lives. State House and Senate races are heating up as candidates face a primary election on September 12, The Associated Press (AP) reported. Legislators in 12 districts face challenges because they voted in favour of civil unions for homosexuals, news reports said. Most are Republicans who crossed party lines to support the bill, which passed by just 11 votes, according to AP. "I feel like the rug was pulled out from under every one of us," said Sylvia Kennedy, who is challenging Rep. Marion Milne, a Republican, because she voted for the bill. Kennedy, a Christian, said the issue is morality, not civil rights. Fifty-four percent of Vermont voters polled said they opposed the law and 49 percent said it will have a major effect on how they vote, according to AP. The approval rating of Democratic Gov. Howard Dean, who supported the law, has dropped more than 20 points since it was passed, the poll showed. The legislature passed the law last year.

Meanwhile, from The Hague comes the report that "The Netherlands gave same-sex couples the right to marriage and all the trappings, including adoption and divorce, approving legislation that gives gays rights beyond those offered in any other country. The new law will bring little change to the daily lives of most gays in a country that has long been in the vanguard of gay rights. But activists say it marks a bold step towards recognizing the equality of gay and heterosexual unions in the Netherlands." (From Free Press News Services)

In the Netherlands it is no longer a question of morality, but of civil rights. Let us pray that morality may be respected here in North America, and not give way to the god of this age, civil rights.

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