Iowa judge orders ‘gay marriage’ legalized

This (Baptist Press – Iowa judge orders ‘gay marriage’ legalized – News with a Christian Perspective) is a shocking story. That an activist judge has tried to impose his will on the whole of the people of the state is bad enough but what is truly shocking is the comments he makes in the ruling.

The judge said “marriage has evolved over time” and that “homosexuality is a normal expression of human sexuality.” He also said of the traditional view of marriage that it reflects “old and overbroad stereotypes.” He also wrote that it is “well-established that children do not need a parent of each gender to be well adjusted” and that “children do not need male and female role models in the home to develop normally.”

The story points out that “Hanson’s decision overturned a defense of marriage act passed by the legislature and signed into law in the late 1990s. He ruled that the law violated both the due process and equal protection clauses of the Iowa constitution.”

What right does this judge have to order changes in any law. The last time I checked judges were supposed to interpret the laws that are on the books not implement laws that they want on the books. Where in our national Constitution or any state constitution are judges given the power to make and implement laws?

CHRISTIAN CALL TO ACTION: Christians – we are supposed to be proclaiming the truth of God’s Word. We are failing to do so and things like this are happening. It is time that Christians speak out and get involved. Our country is deteriorating fast because of we are not willing to take a stand. Be BOLD!! It is His battle….STAND FIRM…..SPEAK OUT……PROCLAIM THE TRUTH……and above all PRAY CONTINUOUSLY.

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8 Responses to Iowa judge orders ‘gay marriage’ legalized

  1. alex says:

    So your country is deteriorating because gays are getting equal rights? Because of tolerance and equality? What is that truth you are going to proclaim and who defines the truth?

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  2. Tom says:

    Hi Alex,

    Thanks for your comment. I just want to point out something – gays have equal rights. By this I mean that they have always been able to get married to anyone they choose of the opposite sex. They are not being deprived of any rights whatsoever.

    There is only one Truth. John 14:6 says “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” That is the truth that I proclaim. It is defined by the one true God…the Creator of all things.

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  3. Farthel says:

    Well, at least someone wants freedom to rise, good for you judge, whoever you are. And by the way you can’t generalize god’s word as an universal truth. Sorry, there is no such thing as the truth. There is only what you believe to be true, you can’t say that homosexual marriage is an offense to the truth. As long as I know, all you need is love, it doesn’t matter who loves you or who you love. It doesn’t matter with whom you get married, it doesn’t matter with whom you sleep. Love is all that matters.

    John Lennon may have been Jesus as well.

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  4. Tom says:

    Farthel said

    Well, at least someone wants freedom to rise, good for you judge, whoever you are. And by the way you can’t generalize god’s word as an universal truth. Sorry, there is no such thing as the truth. There is only what you believe to be true, you can’t say that homosexual marriage is an offense to the truth. As long as I know, all you need is love, it doesn’t matter who loves you or who you love. It doesn’t matter with whom you get married, it doesn’t matter with whom you sleep. Love is all that matters.

    John Lennon may have been Jesus as well.

    Wow!!!!

    This has nothing to do with freedom. It is the very definition of tyranny. One person imposing his will on the population as a whole.

    Are you absolutely sure there is no such thing as truth? If you are then isn’t that a true statement? But there is not such thing as truth….do you see where this is going?

    There has to be a final authority. It cannot be otherwise. I believe that final authority is God. As the final authority, God defined marriage as between one man and one woman. He called homosexual relationships an abomination. So it does matter who you choose to marry.

    The John Lennon comment is just plain blasphemy….REPENT is all I have to say about that.

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  5. Troy says:

    Judges interpret laws. They are also responsible for measuring laws’ compatability with the constitution, which is what happened in Iowa. When the Defense of Marriage Act was viewed in the context of the constitution, the judge determined DOMA didn’t hold up. It will go to Iowa’s supreme court now and same-sex marriages have been halted in the meantime. The judge was just doing his job.

    Regarding your comment that gay people have equal rights because they can already marry people of the opposite sex. You are exactly right if what you want in the world are more Larry Craigs, Ted Haggards, Jim Wests, Ed Schrocks, Jim McGreeveys, Bob Allens, etc. I would rather my son or daughter marry someone with whom they are idealogically AND romantically compatible with. This would give them a fairer shot at a successful marriage. Marriage is a big enough challenge without asking someone to commit to someone to whom they aren’t naturally attracted.

    And by the way, marriage does evolve as the judge said. If it hadn’t, polygomy would probably be more common since it is an Old Testament norm. And if marriage hadn’t evolved marrying underage children would also probably still be considered acceptable.

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  6. Dana says:

    Tom, unless you would be willing to be forced to marry a man, you surely cannot be claiming that it’s “equal rights” to legally force a gay person to only marry someone of the opposite sex.

    Look. Regardless of what you think inspired it, we have secular government in this country. It is not a theocracy. Nobody is making YOU marry a man. The Bible says only the Holy Spirit can convert a person. The Bible’s very clear that salvation is an individual matter. What is it to you if a gay man marries another gay man? That’s not up to you. That is between him and God, and not even forcing him to remain single or marry a woman under force of law is going to change what he is. Who are you to try to force the matter? You’re not God. Stop trying to be God. Same goes for your little Christian activist friends.

    If you put half the effort into obeying what Jesus actually said rather than what you think he should have said, the world would be a better place. Jesus never said anything about gay people. Jesus had better things to do, like feed the hungry and heal the sick. But people like you can’t stomach that; any time the government tries to do those things you scream about your tax money being stolen to feed lazy bums. This, instead, is your life’s work, and it is truly pathetic. The government had to step in to help the poor because the Church was too busy telling people how to live their lives INSTEAD of helping. Jesus did it the other way around: first he fixed the problem and THEN he said “sin no more.” Why don’t you try living by his example for once?

    And… “Render unto Caesar.” Government and church are separate matters. Quit trying to make people live like Christians if they obviously aren’t. Again, you can’t force it.

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  7. Tom says:

    Troy said

    Judges interpret laws. They are also responsible for measuring laws’ compatability with the constitution, which is what happened in Iowa. When the Defense of Marriage Act was viewed in the context of the constitution, the judge determined DOMA didn’t hold up. It will go to Iowa’s supreme court now and same-sex marriages have been halted in the meantime. The judge was just doing his job.

    You are correct in everything you said here but what you failed to mention is where the judge exceeded his authority by ordering same-sex marriage to be legalized. In effect he was saying “even though the current law says something else and may be unconstitutional I know better than the elected representatives and I am going to make this legal all by myself.” I think you can agree that this over steps his authority.

    Troy said

    Regarding your comment that gay people have equal rights because they can already marry people of the opposite sex. You are exactly right if what you want in the world are more Larry Craigs, Ted Haggards, Jim Wests, Ed Schrocks, Jim McGreeveys, Bob Allens, etc. I would rather my son or daughter marry someone with whom they are idealogically AND romantically compatible with. This would give them a fairer shot at a successful marriage. Marriage is a big enough challenge without asking someone to commit to someone to whom they aren’t naturally attracted.

    You have committed the N=1 logical fallacy here. Just because you can find examples of people that may or may not fit your theory does not mean that it is true for the whole population. You also have created a straw man argument with the preference you have for your son/daughter. I understand the emotional context that we all would experience if one of our children were involved but that is really irrelevant to the discussion we are having.

    Troy said

    And by the way, marriage does evolve as the judge said. If it hadn’t, polygomy would probably be more common since it is an Old Testament norm. And if marriage hadn’t evolved marrying underage children would also probably still be considered acceptable.

    God’s definition has never changed. Yes, polygomy was practiced by some in the Old Testament but it was never part of God’s plan for marriage. We can see how God intended marriage by looking at the first marriage (Adam & Eve). It was one man and one woman – end of story. You create another straw man argument with the underage comment. It has always been wrong – no evolution here.

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  8. Tom says:

    Dana said

    Tom, unless you would be willing to be forced to marry a man, you surely cannot be claiming that it’s “equal rights” to legally force a gay person to only marry someone of the opposite sex.

    No one is forcing a gay person to marry anyone they don’t want to. That has never been suggested. My comment was only that if they chose to get married there are specific legal quidelines that must be followed. This is no different than many other statutory requirements the everyone faces every day.

    Dana said

    The Bible’s very clear that salvation is an individual matter. What is it to you if a gay man marries another gay man? That’s not up to you. That is between him and God, and not even forcing him to remain single or marry a woman under force of law is going to change what he is. Who are you to try to force the matter? You’re not God. Stop trying to be God. Same goes for your little Christian activist friends.

    You are absolutely correct – it is not up to me who marries who….but it is up to God. He established the guidelines that we must follow. You are also correct that nothing I, or any Christian, can do will change a gay man into a straight man. Only God can change people. It is His job to change people. It is my job to boldly proclaim the truth of His word.

    Dana said

    Jesus never said anything about gay people. Jesus had better things to do, like feed the hungry and heal the sick.

    Do you think that only the red words in the Bible are worth paying attention to. The entire Bible was inspired by God (Jesus was God in human form) and he addressed the issue explicitly. Read Romans 1:24-27

    Dana said

    The government had to step in to help the poor because the Church was too busy telling people how to live their lives INSTEAD of helping.

    This is a valid point and one that I am ashamed of as a Christian. The church has definately failed to meet one of its primary purposes — Ministry. The government did step in to fill the void, to the detriment of the entire country. We, as Christians, need to correct this.

    Dana said

    And… “Render unto Caesar.” Government and church are separate matters. Quit trying to make people live like Christians if they obviously aren’t. Again, you can’t force it.

    Where in the constitution are church and government (state) separate matters? This is a myth. It is not in there. Nowhere does it say that church can’t be involved in government – the only thing it says it that the state cannot establish a state mandated religion. What is the basis for the majority of our laws today? If you trace them back – you find they have religious basis. We legislate morality all the time.

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