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posted: 9/18/2013 5:00 AM

Sports columnist fairly reported on marriage issue

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I was pleasantly surprised at Patricia Babcock's Aug. 30 report on the furor around woman's professional basketball player Sophia Young. Young stated that she felt sacramental marriage should remain as given to us by Almighty God 2,000 years ago. That same-sex marriage, and where it leads, does not belong in San Antonio.

What surprised me was that we actually have a columnist at the Herald not bending over backward to endorse homosexual marriage. One willing to say as a journalist, "We all are for free speech, including dissenting views." Under the game plan of the radical homosexual activists, that is close to qualifying as a bigot, hater, homophobe or religious zealot/nut -- accusations that I wear as a badge of honor in the defense of traditional marriage.

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Sacramental marriage will never include a life choice condemned by Jesus Christ many times as he walked this world with us over 2,000 years ago. See; Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Romans 1:24-27, 1 Timothy 1:10-11, Jude 1:7, and Saint Paul to the Ephesians 5:31-32.

What concerns thousands in San Antonio is the passage of a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual discrimination. The problem is in the details. The law would prosecute all who would exercise their freedom of speech and religious belief by disagreeing with a life choice many feel dangerous, disease prone and sinful. Ministers expected to open their churches to celebrate faux marriage and something they look at as sinful. San Antonio residents see this as yet another effort to force acceptance of this life upon them their families and children.

Babcock correctly points out there are two sides to the issue, and the proof and arguments for traditional marriage should be heard. Sounds like fair and balanced reporting to me, the hall mark of professional journalism.

Jim Finnegan

Barrington

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