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Mayor and President Feel the Same About Same-Sex Marriage: They Support It

What do you think of the president's decision to support gay marriage May 9, 2012? How do you feel about your own mayor supporting marriage equality in Stow?

Mayor Sara Drew said she signed the Freedom to Marry statement online in January to advocate for the rights every citizen in Stow and today President Barack Obama was the first sitting president to support the issue, according to The Huffington Post.

"I’m glad that the president has added his voice to the growing number of Americans who recognize that every family in our community is important," Drew told Stow Patch May 9. 

"I've always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly," Obama told ABC News' Robin Roberts. " ... at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

The issue of same-sex marriage always has opponents and proponents. A , both for and against, the mayor's decision to sign the Freedom to Marry statement.

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How does Obama's stance make you feel? How do you feel about same-sex marriages? How do you feel about your mayor supporting marriage equality?

Tell us in the comments.

Debbie S. May 16, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Interesting piece about what the Bible *really* says about homosexuality. Many of these points are consistent with what I learned in an in-depth 10 week course on the issue several years ago designed to present both sides of the religious aspects of the debate. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/15/my-take-what-the-bible-really-says-about-homosexuality/?hpt=hp_c1 I put people above religious law, just as Jesus did. As a happily married, heterosexual woman, am proud to stand up for marriage equality and the sanctity of marriage for those of any gender who are committed to working together to nurture a marriage.
Pastor Chris May 16, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Debbie this CNN article you reference is distorting what the Bible actually teaches on this topic. Proponents of immorality of all kinds will do almost anything to justify what they want, even condone what God calls sin. It is interesting what the “BIBLE” teaches on this topic is a true statement, one I hope you will truly research. www.thebible.net/modules.php?name=Read&itemid=81&cat=9 The Bible does apply to this discussion, but let's make sure we quote it accurately. You are not standing for equality or sanctity of marriage, for God’s ways are best and you are endorsing something outside of God’s ways. You are not doing "Just as Jesus did" for Jesus specifically addressed marriage as being between one man and one woman and referenced Adam and Eve. So I am not sure who you are standing with, but you are not standing with Jesus.
Pastor Chris May 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I agree with Larry on this one. Furthermore, the first Amendment allows freedom of speech and religion. So our forefathers, wanted religion (i.e. God, Bible, Godly principles), even encouraged it to be a part of public discourse. You have the right to disagree with someone’s religious views, but you do not have the right to suppress it or discredit it as irrelevant public policy discussion. This is what appears to be taking place.
Pastor Chris May 16, 2012 at 06:51 PM
This is not a personal issue, it is an issue based on principles. We all have principles, values, and beliefs…all of us. Societal norms are good, not bad in and by themselves. Marriage and family from a traditional, historic, religious perspective are good for society, we need societal norms. I find it ironic that those arguing for “gay” marriage use the tenets of equality, tolerance, and acceptance, but then refuse to reciprocate. Those promoting “gay” marriage are not being tolerant or accepting of people defending traditional values, whether for religious, constitutional, historic or moral reasons. The reality is of “gay” marriage is being imposed upon our culture with little to no regard for people who espouse traditional values. Sexual orientation is just that, an orientation. Sexual preference is just that, it is a preference. Once again homosexuality is a choice and those stating otherwise must realize there is not a “gay” gene. Research has been conducted for years and there is not conclusive evidence to support such claims. You may find some journals attempting to draw conclusions, but the empirical data does not support such a position. Behaviors may be influenced by genetic disposition sometimes, but behaviors are primarily learned and behaviors are always a choice we make. If this were true, then a homosexual could not change, but we have people who were homosexuals who are now heterosexuals. You cannot have it both ways.
Rob Deveney May 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Pastor Chris, you are right. This is not personal. It's very important that we be able to have discussions in America about what is foundational to our country and what is healthy for families without it turning into an attack on people. Jesus is love, but always told people the truth and asked them to follow him and change their lives. No one at any of these meetings was trying to force someone else to believe what they believe. The effort was to uphold the law. However, it is unfortunate that in our society, anyone standing up for traditional, moral values is demonized as intolerant or judgemental. There are alot of people in our community that are not intolerant or judgemental, but they hold to Biblical standards and aren't swayed by public opinion. This is a valuable, necessary part of our communities health.

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