Proposition 8 would deny the civil freedom to marry to many of our residents. I can speak for many local clergy, who have done extensive research into the biblical witness and know that the Bible does not even address our current situation: same-gender adults who freely choose a lifelong commitment to love and care for each other. Jesus says nothing about these relationships, but he certainly does support fidelity. I think most of us do. We should vote accordingly.No, that is not the current situation. California marriage is not a lifelong commitment; either party can bail out unilaterally. Maybe Jesus supported fidelity, but California law does not. Adultery is entirely legal in California, and the same-sex marriage debate won't change that. It would be nice if the same-sex marriage nuts would actually address the current ballot situation.
Rev. Margo Tenold
Co-director Council of Churches of Santa Clara County
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Female preacher wants same-sex marriage
The letter to the San Jose paper complains about the California ballot initiative to restore the definition of marriage to being between a man and a woman: