People should be given the right to vote for what they believe. If I do not feel
that extra tax dollars going to build a monument would be beneficial for
society, I should have the right to vote no.Also, one more note...
If gays and lesbians are now allowed to marry, what about those polygamists who
would be thrown in jail if they legally married multiple wives. I don't see the
situation much further off. If we allow gays to marry, who has the right to tell
polygamists they cannot marry?Marriage in our society is between a
man and a woman. Not between a man and a man, a woman and a woman, or a man and
Stop reading your book called the Bible.Ever heard of Separation of
Church and State? And why should everyone follow the Bible... what
about other religions... does this make them wrong since we're all following the
Bible in the US apparently?To the person who mentioned gays, AIDS,
and donating blood... I feel bad for this nation of.. whatever we are. I'm
embarrassed to say I'm an American because of you.
I believe the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS does not condone intolerance or
inequality, however, they will continue to work to maintain the sanctity of
marriage.See official LDS statement:"The Churchs
opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of
hostility toward gays and lesbians. Even more, the Church does not object to
rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair
housing and employment rights, or probate rights, so long as these do not
infringe on the integrity of the traditional family or the constitutional rights
of churches."I personally support measures that maintain the
sanctity of marriage (as defined as one man and one woman) and also believe in
encouraging measures to respect others rights. I hope those who
support and oppose Prop 8 will reach across and work together with religous and
equal rights organizations to work for rights of gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual
couples to difuse intolerance.
I'm wondering if the bishop is the pot or the kettle. Bigotry? Intolerance?
Supporters of Prop 8 need to look in the mirror and take some of their own
advice.Even if we don't agree with with same-sex marriage, our
bigoted, intolerant behavior is just as offensive as theirs.
To any honest seeker of truth, please read 2 Timothy 2, where the Apostle Paul
accurately describes our day. This controversy is front and center in these
moral and cultural wars, and is a direct and frontal assault on people of faith
trying to simply uphold traditional fundamental values. The gay zealots are
what Isaiah prophesied would say in the last days to "call evil good and good
evil." We're there.
Go, Bishop Weigand!And peace to all of you, especially Anon, whose
remarks of 8 Nov show the full range of inclusive (and untrue) slur. I hope you
do get to meet the perfect Christ, and I hope to be listening in the day it
Chicagodon expresses the important right of freedom of speech, but the opponents
went far beyond mere freedom of speech by many many instances of spray painting
their opposition on chuch buildings and stone markers, rampant stealing of
signs, bullying and even spitting on those carrying "yes" signs, and other acts
of physical aggresion...all these before and after the election. I never read or
saw on TV one instance of pro-Prop 8 people committing these acts. The people
have voted; that's what this country is about. Many of us are tired of gay and
lesbian organizations trying to cram their views down our throat.
Perhaps, both of these religions need to review the constitution of this
country. The most important right spelled out in that document is the right of
freedom of speech. That right has been expressed against the positions these
churches took on Proposition 8. Both of these institutions take a dim view of
their members expressing opinions contrary to the official church position. As
much as they may not like it, their power to stifle this fundamental right does
not extend beyond this contol within their organization. The world would be a
more civil and just place if religious bodies could just mind their own flock
Thank you to Bishop Weigand, and to Archbishop Niederauer and the numerous other
spiritual leaders who joined with Latter-day Saints to defend marriage. Much of
my own phone bank work was done at a Catholic establishment, and we appreciate
the religious community that opened its doors and added its voices for this
cause.We knew there would be consequences, and we are grateful to
you for standing next to us as we take the heat. Much love to you from the Bay
I very much appreciate Bishop Wiegand's comments.
Well said. It is not fun to lose a political battle, especially when so much
energy and resources was put into it on both sides. But even the
losing side must acknowledge that it was a great and well-coordinated effort by
lots of organizations and ethnicities to win this vote in California.
CALIFORNIA! I applaud the courage and morality of those who voted to support
Meh... you want to _really_ protect marriage? Why not outlaw divorce along with
banning gays from participating. After all, we *do* want to *protect* marriage,
right? Assuming that each gay marriage is an affront to the institution, what
does each divorce do?
Thank you Bishop! Your support brings comfort to those of us on the receiving
end who are watching these events unfold.
Well said Bishop. Thank you for throwing your hat into the ring, and
acknowledging the bond of religious brotherhood in such matters.
No one should be surprised that an organization made up of pedophiles and
opportunists supports an organization made up of bigots and oppressors. They
spend the majority of their time defaming and slandering one another in the
attempt to maintain their slice of the religion market, but they can always find
time to come together to make sure the "least of god's children" maintain that
status.Christians sound like fine people, one day I hope to meet
Nice support from Bishop Weigand. Funny how those who feel others are not
tolerant to their own views, themselves fall into that category. The "Mormons"
didn't cause the gay rights movement to fail. Californians voted against the
marriage of same sex couples.Those of faith from every corner of
California stood up and said same sex marriage is wrong. If Prop 8 would have
failed do you think Christians would be protesting in front of Bed, Bath, and
Beyond? No. Do you think Christians would swarm around HGTV headquarters
demanding homosexuals to accept our point of view? No.I think I and
others are very tolerant to the homosexual point of view. I have friends who
have chosen that life style. However. I consider the act a sin. I don't have
to vote for sin's acceptance to love the sinner. That is my constitutional
right and it's your constitutional right to disagree. And to argue my right is
any better or worse than your own is a fools errand.
Thank You Bishop!
Thank You Bishop Weigand! And the rest of the Protect Marriage Coalition! I
understand California still has Civil Unions. Why can't gay people be satisfied
with that? Just wondering.Also, last time I donated blood I noticed (more
this time than others) "Have you EVER had sex with another man" (Males) Not just
with someone you suspect may have AIDS. And of course I have not. So, with this
lifestyle you give up the right to donate blood. Just thought it was