Dr. Richard Wells, Senior Pastor of South Canyon Baptist Church, has a piece in today's Rapid City Journal on the recent decision of the California Supreme Court to legalize homosexual "marriage."
I talked to Pastor Wells around the time he wrote this piece, and I believe he sent this to the Journal about four weeks ago. It certainly took the Journal long enough to get around to posting it.
A couple of salient excerpts:
No, the justices didn’t “interfere with” the will of the people. They trashed it. They acknowledged that marriage has been only “between a man and a woman” since “the beginning of California statehood.” Undeterred, a 4-3 majority simply decreed that recent laws favorable to homosexuals constitute “explicit official recognition” of a “right” to homosexual marriage. Let that word “explicit” sink in. The only thing “explicit” in this case was the vote for Prop. 22.
The court deems it insufficient to give mere legal recognition to homosexual partnerships; California must also grant them the “right to have their family relationship accorded dignity and respect equal to that accorded other officially recognized families.” The message to Californians is clear: “You must not only tolerate the homosexual lifestyle, you must honor it, no matter what moral or religious convictions you hold.”
That is exactly the case. We have moved far beyond "tolerance" of homosexual behavior. We're deep into the "celebrate" and "honor" phase of the campaign now.
Unless, of course, people once again get in touch with their moral compass--and their common sense--and say, "Enough is enough."
We should get an idea of whether that has happened this November, as the people of California vote on a marriage protection amendment for their state constitution, and in South Dakota as South Dakotans get a chance to vote for or against legislative candidates who support this kind of thing.