I thought selected verses in the Bible were supposed to be the ultimate authority, but Gary Randall has just ceded the power to define marriage to that institution he loves to hate, the Seattle Times. Or rather, to his off-the-rails misreading of them.
More below the fold.Seattle Times recently ran an op ed saying
PASSAGE of the Domestic Partners Expansion bill moves Washington quietly, purposefully and rightfully down a path toward full recognition of same-sex unions for what they are, marriages.
Gov. Chris Gregoire’s signature on the legislation, which passed both houses of the Legislature with strong support, is part of a cycle of progress that began in 2007 with the creation of a registry for domestic partners. Last year and this year, lawmakers provided these families with the legal prerogatives granted to spouses…
Marriage is the institution that socializes couples and families into a community. Consider that marriage has at least three elemental features: a loving relationship, a legal definition and societal recognition….
Official recognition of these marriages – these families – is a logical and overdue step.
Seems clear to me that the Times is saying that we are, quite appropriately, heading towards marriage equality, but we’re not there yet. But Gary willfully misreads the op-ed, pretending it “confirms” that the DP Expansion Bill of 2009 “was marriage all along”, and takes the opportunity to call Senators Ed Murray and Rodney Tom liars (A bold move for someone who has colluded to lie to entire congregations.).
Here is Gary’s blog post about the Times‘ op-ed. As you read it and my responses (in green), think about what kind of example Gary is setting for his grandchildren: If you have nothing logical or honest to say, lie like hell.
Seattle Times: “Domestic Partnerships are Marriage, Apply the Word”
The Seattle Times is at full throttle, going straight for homosexual marriage in Friday’s edition.
The op-ed was meaningful and significant, but it wasn’t “full throttle”. “Full throttle” would have been the Times doing a big front page photo spread of actual domestic partners, showing our faces and letting us tell our stories.
Be assured we are responding with equal passion and conviction in preparation to file our referendum. We, however, are restraining ourselves until the bill is actually signed into law.
No, actually they are restraining themselves until they are certain that Tim Eyman doesn’t beat them to the referendum filing punch again. No one can file for a referendum until after the Governor signs the bill.
Gary, you call filing dozens of mean spirited and sometimes unconstitutional amendments in legislative committee hearings and on the Senate and House floor “restraining ourselves”? Really now.
The Times loaded their gun by choosing to carry several national columns supporting homosexual marriage. On Thursday they carried Ellen Goodman’s piece “Defense of Marriage Act Is Becoming Indefensible,” and Friday, Fromma Harrop’s syndicated column, “The State by State Evolution of Gay Marriage,” along with their own editorial proclamation, “Domestic Partnerships Are Marriage, Apply The Word.”
Before Gov. Gregoire can even sign the bill, SB 5688, into law—-and she has a quick draw for advancing the homosexual agenda, Washington’s largest newspaper is saying it was marriage all along,
Here is where Gary flat out chooses to misrepresent the Times op-ed. But then this is a guy who cherry-picks the Bible, so at least he’s keeping in character.confirming exactly what I and others in the faith community have been saying from the day this bill was introduced.
No, what you said was
They have introduced a series of bills under the guise of “rights” and “benefits” that are intended to equalize the status of traditional marriage with that of homosexual couples. The bills…are intended to create “marriage” without the name.
And that is exactly what we’re getting. If there is any place in the DP bill that allows DP’d couples to use the word “marriage” or get a civil marriage from a Justice of the Peace or sympathetic clergy, I wish he would point it out. Maybe Gary can loan me his secret decoder ring.
But wait! Didn’t Sen. Ed Murray stand tearfully, with quivering voice on the floor of the Senate and say, “I wish this bill was marriage, I sincerely wish this bill was marriage, but it is not”? Yes, he did. I just reviewed the video. And didn’t Senator Rodney Tom from the 48th District around Bellevue and Redmond send out a letter assuring his constitutes that this was not gay marriage? He sure did, I just reread it.
Why did they lie?
I guess that was then—this is now. All the homosexual activists who have sworn on a stack of —-something, assuring voters that this was not—I repeat not, gay marriage, are now basking in the afterglow of the deception.
Truth changes when relativism is the compass.
Not only is the Seattle Times calling for the state to go straight to homosexual marriage, their editorial board has even published their own definition of marriage.
The Times says, “Passage of the Domestic Partners Expansion bill moves Washington quietly, purposefully and rightfully down a path toward full recognition of same-sex unions for what they are, marriage.”
The “big lie,” that was said to be merely about benefits and fairness—not marriage, has now succeeded, and as the Times now affirms, is marriage.
The Times also admits that the big lie was quietly and purposefully moved forward.
Their silence on SB 5688 has been deafening.
The Times now has their own definition of marriage: They say marriage is an institution that socializes couples and families into a community; consists of a loving relationship; has a legal definition and societal recognition.
Ellen Goodman, in her column carried by the Times last Thursday titled, “Defense Of Marriage Act is Indefensible,” says DOMA, “Is an out of date law that enforces an identity crises.”
Those who honor an institution that has existed for more than 5000 years in every civilization, which honors and elevates the special union between a man and a woman, provides for procreation and the nurturing of the child and is the cornerstone of every successful society in history, are now diminished to people who are in some kind of identity crises.
There is certainly an identity crises, however it exists with those who are helping drive the homosexual agenda who cannot decide from day to day which restroom they want to use.
This deceptive agenda seeks not only societal recognition, but cultural affirmation. They are standing squarely against the historical beliefs of every society in history, every major religion in history and the biblical teachings upon which this country was founded.
Is this enough to awaken us? I think it is.
Gov. Gregoire will almost certainly sign the bill this week.
We are prepared to immediately file a referendum to overturn SB 5688 once she has signed it.
The Faith and Freedom PAC board has been expanded, a coalition of nearly all the faith based organizations in the state have come together and we are committed to work together to defend marriage and overturn this back door deception to achieve homosexual marriage in Washington State.
The organizations have asked me to lead and we will be using the Faith and Freedom PAC, however nearly all the faith based groups will be involved in the campaign and in leading their respective groups of supporters.
Larry Stickney from Washington Values, Senator Dan Swecker, Representatives Matt Shea and Jim McCune have been added to the PAC board and Ron Boehme of YWAM and others will be involved in top leadership.
Please join the army to push away the clouds of darkness and bring back the bright and glorious sun of personal salvation for many, and cultural renewal for all.
With friends like these, Gary…
We must all stand together. No one alone can or should attempt to address this issue. We believe that with God’s help and blessing, your support, and a united effort, we can turn this tide. The wind is not at our back at the moment.
We fully understand that we are standing against the press and the electronic media in most cases. We further understand that many young people have been indoctrinated by public education to turn away from the historical model of marriage and forsake both societal norm and biblical teaching on homosexuality and marriage.
We also understand that many well meaning people have been misled and deceived into thinking that this is about fairness and benefits, not about homosexual marriage. We feel that the truth will surface and it will be seen in the light of articles such as the Times columns, the Seattle Times editorial board itself and our campaign to educate the public on this issue.
The numbers I’m initially seeing are indicating that Washington voters do not approve of homosexual marriage. More on that later.
Our efforts to overturn SB 5688 will draw national attention and nationwide financial support from homosexual activists to defeat us.
Are you prepared to stand with us?
We are already receiving emails from Europe and elsewhere opposing our efforts.
This is the time. And this is the defining issue.
This is an issue in which people of faith and conservatives must prevail. The future of our culture hangs in the balance. The kind of state and community you will hand to your children and grandchildren is attached to this issue.
Please stand with us financially and prayerfully. Donate to Faith and Freedom Foundation.
Thank you and God bless you.
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