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NEW: Religious Leaders Rally to Oppose Same Sex Marriage

Monday, January 14, 2013

 

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin is one of a number of prominent RI religious figures expected to speak against gay marriage tomorrow.

On the same day that the Rhode Island House of Representatives will hold its first hearing on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state, a group of prominent religious leaders will hold a press conference to express opposition to the legislation.

The recently-formed coalition, calling itself the “Faith Alliance to Preserve the Sanctity of Marriage as Established by God” (Faith Alliance), includes religious and civic leaders from over 100 organizations in Rhode Island and, according to a press release issued today, it has gained the support of the 7,000-member Knights of Columbus organization.

The press conference, which takes place tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. at the State House, will include a formal position statement from the group and speeches from a number of prominent religious figures in the state, including Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Catholic Diocese of Providence; Pastor Luis Rodriguez, Iglesia de la Comunidad; Pastor Luis Suarez, Iglesia Nueva Generacion; Pastor Santos Escobar, Inglesia Vida Abundante UMC; Ron L’Heureux, Founder of Exodus 18; and Darrell Lee, Founder of Building Cities on God Ministries.

“The state, by law, only has the right to ensure the “legal” administration of God’s covenant of marriage; it is not authorized to change, amend, or revise God’s definition of marriage,” said Lee, a co-founder of the group. “Marriage has been established and defined by God as a spiritual union between a man and a woman, and it is not to be altered by mankind or its government.”

The press conference will also feature a speech from Christopher Plante, Director of the National Organization for Marriage, and is expected to touch on topics ranging from “Biblical and historical perspectives” to “the impact on families, and legal implications”, the release said.

The group says its position and purpose is to “safeguard God’s covenant and definition of marriage” and insists that it is “neither judging nor condemning gay, lesbian, or transgender individuals.”

“Unfortunately, there is a tendency to logically or purposefully associate matters of homosexuality with same sex marriage,” said Luis Rodriguez, co-founder of the Faith Alliance and President of the Hispanic Ministerial Association. “While the former may be a right of personal choice or innate sexual orientation, the latter is a privilege ordained by God and administered by the state. Once this distinction is clearly articulated through our collective efforts, we are confident that the people of Rhode Island will strongly urge their state legislators to hear the voice of the people.”

 

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Comments:

There is massive opposition to legalizing homosexual and lesbian marriage within the Hispanic community. Same with the Muslims who adamantly are opposed to this.

The implications of legalizing such marriages is of great magnitude; it is not an issue of civil rights as it is being described; rather it is a bullying by the left of those who believe children deserve the gold standard of a family: a mom and dad. People like Martha Holt are self-serving narcissicsts who hold to the belief that their children can bear the burden of being raised by two women; they are denying their child the right to have a Dad.

If and when this becomes codified into law, birth certificates will no longer state mother and father. Rather they will define the parents as a number: Parent #1 and Parent #2. I hope good, reasonable, sane people in our General Assembly have the courage to do what is in the best interests of children and stop being social engineers.

Comment #1 by Tricia Cahill on 2013 01 14

CHALLENGE: Darrell Lee, Founder of Building Cities on God Ministries, said, "The state, by law, only has the right to ensure the "legal" administration of God’s covenant of marriage; it is not authorized to change, amend, or revise God’s definition of marriage."

HERE'S THE CHALLENGE: If Darrell Lee can point to the statute in Rhode Island General Laws that states, as he said, that RI only has the ability to ensure the "administration of God’s covenant" and cannot change "God’s definition of marriage" then I will personally donate $5,000 to the anti-gay Knights of Columbus to help them in their pro-discrimination campaign.

Of course, Lee can't point to any such thing in Rhode Island General Laws because such a law doesn't exist.

Lee is making it up. That's another way of saying that Lee is lying. You know what "lying" is, right? It's another way of saying "bear false witness." That's something that Minister Lee should know about.

Comment #2 by Portsmouth Citizen on 2013 01 15

@Tricia Cahill: you wrote, "There is massive opposition to legalizing homosexual and lesbian marriage within the Hispanic community."

FALSE. A majority of Latinos support states legalizing same-sex marriages.

Here's a report on a poll: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/19/us/gay-marriage-support-grows-among-latinos-survey-finds.html?_r=0

And this is a different poll revealing the same thing: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/13/latinos-gay-marriage-exit-polls_n_2124515.html


Latinos, like all Americans, are supporting marriage equality in growing numbers and are a majority.

Comment #3 by Portsmouth Citizen on 2013 01 15

‘Marriage is a sacred covenant between God, man, and woman,’’ said Luis Rodriguez, president of the Hispanic Ministerial Association and co-founder of the Alliance. ‘‘... The Church and God-fearing people have been given the charge to protect and preserve God’s holy institution of marriage.’

Comment #4 by Joy Villaharo on 2013 01 15

‘Marriage is a sacred covenant between God, man, and woman,’’ said Luis Rodriguez, president of the Hispanic Ministerial Association and co-founder of the Alliance. ‘‘... The Church and God-fearing people have been given the charge to protect and preserve God’s holy institution of marriage.’’

Comment #5 by Joy Villaharo on 2013 01 15




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