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'Disordered' remark biblically based?

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'Disordered' remark biblically based?

In connection with State Rep. Jeanne Ives' recent remarks that gay relationships are "disordered," and that same-sex marriage is a "completely disordered relationship," it is helpful to realize where she is coming from.

This type of harsh comment could well be biblically based. Thus we read in Leviticus 20:13 that if a man lies with another man as he does with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination, they both shall be put to death, and their blood shall be upon them.

Perhaps Ms. Ives is a strongly religious person, and the Bible is the guide for her life and her viewpoints. If so, she has no alternative but to abide by Leviticus and to consider gay relationships to be "disordered." I doubt that she would go so far as to follow Leviticus literally and sanction the murder of gays, but nevertheless we must understand where she is coming from.

I myself have a more reasonable view of gays: If two persons meet, fall in love with each other, begin to live with each other, and then wish to formalize their relationship through the ceremony of marriage, that is fine with me, and their gender is not a concern. And if they both turn out to be of the same sex, I nevertheless would never view their marriage as a "completely disordered relationship."

I am sure they will have as happy a life together as would we heterosexual couples, and neither of us are in disordered relationships.

Theodore M. Utchen


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