I pray for the Rev. Kenneth Cod-ner, whose Saturday Clergy Column began with the assertion that marriage is an institution established by God.
I pray Codner comes to understand that marriage in our 21st-century society is a civil institution established by law. God’s participation is an often welcome but entirely unnecessary element of the rite of marriage.
Even atheists can be married ... and Pitt fans!
A marriage ceremony isn’t necessary for two people to formalize their commitment and love, but it’s a symbol many of us married folks cherish; some, like myself, find it offensive that gay couples should be excluded from becoming legally married.
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While the reverend invokes Moses’ shopworn proclamations from Leviticus, which disparaged homosexuals and shellfish, the happy lives of actual, alive-and-breathing gay people I know and love are generally more deserving of celebration than shunning.
During this holy time of the year, I pray that people of faith invest their energies into understanding — and perhaps even accepting — people whose sexuality differs from their own.
I like to think Jesus would appreciate the gesture.
Marty Bradley, State College