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Same-Sex Marriage Opposition Speaks Out

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EUGENE, Ore. — While many same-sex couples were celebrating Monday — not everyone is on board with the ruling.

Those who are opposed, say the same-sex ruling is difficult to accept.

We spoke with a former pastor of a Lutheran church who says the ruling Monday is going to alter the structure of family life and it’s part of a nationwide shift to a completely different way of thinking.

Philip Schoenherr says for many years the standard for marriage has been defined by the bible: one man and one woman.

But now the country has changed to a “whatever feels right, whatever seems good” is what we should do as a nation.

He says today’s decision has rocked their boat.

“What does this mean for the church? What does it mean for the standard that has been the root of our lives for so many years,” said Schoenherr.

Schoenherr says what feels right may actually be morally wrong.

The Oregon Family Council released a strongly worded statement Monday saying the state colluded with gay-rights groups to sidestep the will of voters, and a judge allowed it.

The Oregon Catholic Conference issued a statement saying what they call “authentic marriage” remains between one man and one woman.

Schoenherr does feel that same-sex couples can be committed to each other and agrees they should have equal rights.

But now that same-sex couples can ask the church to marry them in Oregon — he says it poses a dilemma for many pastors.

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  1. Andy A. says:

    What a load of nonsense. I’ll respond to it point by point.

    “Those who are opposed, say the same-sex ruling is difficult to accept.”
    – I’m sure it’s incredibly frustrating when you cannot use force of law to impose your religious beliefs upon people who do not share them. Let’s be honest here: if you look at the NOM’s attempts at secular arguments in court, they’ve been awful – because they’re trying to cover their religious objections with the veneer of ‘rational reason’ to impose law, and failing miserably.

    “But now the country has changed to a “whatever feels right, whatever seems good” is what we should do as a nation.”
    – No, it’s been adjudicated that the majority does not get to vote upon the civil rights of the minority, especially when the majority seeks to impose their religious beliefs upon the minority.

    ““What does this mean for the church? What does it mean for the standard that has been the root of our lives for so many years,” said Schoenherr.”
    – It means that if you’ve spent a lot of pulpit time telling your congregation how evil LGBT people are, they’re going to soon discover that same-sex families are families just like their own; bound by love and commitment to make a better life for themselves and their children.

    “Schoenherr says what feels right may actually be morally wrong.”
    – Translation: I think that God thinks something is wrong, and my favorite book says you should bash them with stones until they die from blunt force trauma or blood loss.

    “The Oregon Family Council released a strongly worded statement Monday saying the state colluded with gay-rights groups to sidestep the will of voters, and a judge allowed it.”
    – See above about how the majority does not get to vote on the civil rights of the minority.

    “The Oregon Catholic Conference issued a statement saying what they call “authentic marriage” remains between one man and one woman.”
    – They’re entitled to their opinion, and in the USA have the inalienable right to have their refusal to perform the Catholic Sacrament of Matrimony for same-sex couples protected by law. I respect that, as do the hundreds of thousands of people leaving the Catholic Church every year.

    “Schoenherr does feel that same-sex couples can be committed to each other and agrees they should have equal rights.”
    – That’s mighty white of him. I bet he’d even let LGBT people use his bathroom!

    “But now that same-sex couples can ask the church to marry them in Oregon — he says it poses a dilemma for many pastors.”
    – He’s right. Pastors can stick by their Constitutionally-protected right to adhere to their selective interpretation of scripture (and try and explain away Christian ministers who happily marry same sex couples) and refuse to perform their sect’s version of Holy Matrimony, or choose not to. That’s the beauty of living in the USA, they have the right to choose – even when they fought long and hard to take choices away from other people.

    What this all boils down to is that the majority cannot vote to impose their religious beliefs upon the minority. If you’re opposed to same-sex marriage, then marry somebody of the opposite sex and kindly mind your own business. The sky didn’t fall when the US ‘redefined marriage’ by not jailing mixed-race couples and legally recognizing their right to marry the consenting adult of their choosing, and it won’t fall this time either.

    Gay couples’ revenge will be the laughter of their children.

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