Same-sex weddings are blot on state


Catholic Church officials are backing efforts to overturn gay marriage.

An Associated Press article that appeared Sept. 22 in the Burlington Hawk Eye seems to call for our attention. The AP writer stated that leaders of the Catholic Church in Iowa have called for a constitutional convention, saying the rare gathering would be the quickest way to overturn the court ruling legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Church-goers are asked to vote yes on our Nov. 2 ballot, regarding a constitutional convention. The article states that during the last legislative session, some Republican lawmakers tried to refer a constitutional amendment to voters, but Democratic leaders blocked the effort, saying lawmakers should focus on Iowa’s budget problems and job-creation efforts.

The writer states that about 1,800 same-sex weddings have been held in Iowa. What a profound blot on our state government and its citizens! The total number of Iowa ministers willing to participate in such a “marriage” is 168, according to Interfaith Alliance of Iowa. About 62 seemingly are women ministers.


There are many fine ministers of all Christian denominations and the Jewish tradition who would never give witness to such a marriage. However, there are those who have complete disregard for the Word of God in the Old Testament Book of Leviticus and the New Testament’s First Corinthians, Romans and First Timothy.

A Sept. 20 article in The National Review states that redefining marriage to accommodate same-sex partnerships would not be because of public opinion favoring it. I find that a comforting thought.

Jean McKinney

West Burlington

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