Maryland Gay Marriage Could Hinge on Black Churches

Mar 1, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Skanner

With Maryland poised to legalize gay marriage, some conservative opponents and religious leaders are counting on members of their congregations, especially in black churches, to upend the legislation at the polls this fall.

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because a marriage(union between male and female) the groom(the male) carries the bride(the female) across the threshold and then the groom(the male) wants to have sex with the bride(the female) and the groom(the male)gets all nervous...that's the wedding night jitters.
How odd. I've never heard of the "bride carrying" wedding requirement. What states have laws governing that?

And, since most brides and grooms have been having sex long before the wedding, I wonder why those jitters are required.

You have some strange ideas, or perhaps just immature ones.

I'm thinking perhaps you are a bit to young to understand how weddings work, true?

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Why not simply call such a church that doesn't really care about what its holy book says about anything about is a law unto itself what it reallly is? A ridiclous travesty.
All Christian churches value the Bible. But who gets to decide which verses are cherry-picked or ignored by any given denomination? You?

What is your level of Biblical education and scholarship, for you to have the ability to decide the focus and beliefs of ALL Christian denominations?

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If what a holy book or relgion says about a certain behavior is unnacceptable to us, it makes far more sense for us to rejecct to

1. write our own holy book,

2. join another religion,

3. or invent our own

than to strive might and main to change it by trying to force our moral preferences on it.

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If what a holy book or relgion says about a certain behavior is unnacceptable to us, it makes far more sense for us to reject it by

1. writing our own holy book,

2. joining another religion,

3. or inventing our own religion

than to fanatically strive might and main to change it by trying to force our moral preferences on it.

IMHO

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If what a holy book or relgion says about a certain behavior is unnacceptable to us, it makes far more sense for us to reject it by
1. writing our own holy book,
2. joining another religion,
3. or inventing our own religion
than to fanatically strive might and main to change it by trying to force our moral preferences on it.
IMHO
While some take those options, others have changed the translations and interpretations of the bible from early on and throughout history. The modern English translation includes the prejudices of the translators:

"The primarily sexual meaning of the word sodomia for Christians did not evolve before the 6th century AD. Roman Emperor Justinian I, in his novels no. 77 (dating 538) and no. 141 (dating 559) amended to his Corpus iuris civilis, and declared that Sodom's sin had been specifically same-sex activities and desire for them. He also linked "famines, earthquakes, and pestilences" upon cities as being due to "such crimes", during a time of recent earthquakes and other disasters." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodomy

"Jesus and five Old Testament prophets all speak of the sins that led to the destruction of Sodom -- and not one of them mentions homosexuality.

Alleged references to homosexuality in I Corinthians and I Timothy are the inventions of anti-gay translators. They are not in the original Greek texts." (Rev. Dr. Mel White)

"Several books already exist attempting to demonstrate that the Christian Bible does not, in fact, condemn consenting-adult homosexuality. But God is Not a Homophobe has a unique perspective in that the author has a lifetime of experience in pastoring hard-core fundamentalist churches. His former bitter opposition to all forms of homosexuality has given way to a rational, unbiased acceptance that the Bible says hardly anything about homosexuality, and what it does say cannot honestly be used to condemn consenting same-sex unions." "God is not a Homophobe: An unbiased look at Homosexuality in the Bible" by Philo Thelos
http://www.trafford.com/4dcgi/view-item...

"What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality" by Daniel Helminiask, PH.D., was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1967 and is incardinated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. From 1981-1985 was Assoc Prof for Systematic Theology at Oblate School of Theology and earlier completed his Ph.D. in systematic theology at Boston College and Andover Newton Theological School. He concludes the Bible says absolutely nothing about homosexuality being sinful when you examine the actual Hebrew/Greek texts."

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While some take those options, others have changed the translations and interpretations of the bible from early on and throughout history. The modern English translation includes the prejudices of the translators:
"The primarily sexual meaning of the word sodomia for Christians did not evolve before the 6th century AD. Roman Emperor Justinian I, in his novels no. 77 (dating 538) and no. 141 (dating 559) amended to his Corpus iuris civilis, and declared that Sodom's sin had been specifically same-sex activities and desire for them. He also linked "famines, earthquakes, and pestilences" upon cities as being due to "such crimes", during a time of recent earthquakes and other disasters." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodomy
"Jesus and five Old Testament prophets all speak of the sins that led to the destruction of Sodom -- and not one of them mentions homosexuality.
Alleged references to homosexuality in I Corinthians and I Timothy are the inventions of anti-gay translators. They are not in the original Greek texts." (Rev. Dr. Mel White)
"Several books already exist attempting to demonstrate that the Christian Bible does not, in fact, condemn consenting-adult homosexuality. But God is Not a Homophobe has a unique perspective in that the author has a lifetime of experience in pastoring hard-core fundamentalist churches. His former bitter opposition to all forms of homosexuality has given way to a rational, unbiased acceptance that the Bible says hardly anything about homosexuality, and what it does say cannot honestly be used to condemn consenting same-sex unions." "God is not a Homophobe: An unbiased look at Homosexuality in the Bible" by Philo Thelos
http://www.trafford.com/4dcgi/view-item...
"What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality" by Daniel Helminiask, PH.D., was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1967 and is incardinated in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. From 1981-1985 was Assoc Prof for Systematic Theology at Oblate School of Theology and earlier completed his Ph.D. in systematic theology at Boston College and Andover Newton Theological School. He concludes the Bible says absolutely nothing about homosexuality being sinful when you examine the actual Hebrew/Greek texts."
Others leave the church where they find rejection and marginalization and go toward something more fulfilling.

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And yet, you have NEVER been able to show a single adverse affect....That's not a sign of a sane mind.
^^^Defamation is adverse affect.

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Dr. Chris Beyrer, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health: "We know for certain that lesbian and gay individuals suffer harm to their physical and psychological health, and to their relationships and quality of life, as result of the shame, isolation and stigma accrued from their social and legal disenfranchisement."

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While equal rights should never depend on any vote, Maryland has now approved equality through the legislative process, with aproval of the voters, ending the official defamation of its gay residents.

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While equal rights should never depend on any vote, Maryland has now approved equality through the legislative process, with aproval of the voters, ending the official defamation of its gay residents.
about time

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<quoted text>^^^Defamation is adverse affect.
So why do you come here defaming gays and lesbians Brian? That isn't very nice.

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If what a holy book or relgion says about a certain behavior is unnacceptable to us, it makes far more sense for us to reject it by
1. writing our own holy book,
2. joining another religion,
3. or inventing our own religion
than to fanatically strive might and main to change it by trying to force our moral preferences on it.
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simply because nobody is attempting to change either religion or any 'holy' book. they are striving to change civil law which, in the u.s, has nothing to do with any religion or any holy book.

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Dr. Chris Beyrer, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health: "We know for certain that lesbian and gay individuals suffer harm to their physical and psychological health, and to their relationships and quality of life, as result of the shame, isolation and stigma accrued from their social and legal disenfranchisement."
Which is why your real goal is full social acceptance...not simply "equal rights". And hey...if that means using the public schools to indoctrinate other people's kids against the wishes of their parents so be it.

http://www.healthiersf.org/LGBTQ/InTheClassro...

Its nice to cut through the crap every now and then and just put the truth out there...huh?

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simply because nobody is attempting to change either religion or any 'holy' book. they are striving to change civil law which, in the u.s, has nothing to do with any religion or any holy book.
Not true. They are striving to change civil law, public perception, AND religious doctrine. Its an "all of the above" strategy.

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Not true. They are striving to change civil law, public perception, AND religious doctrine. Its an "all of the above" strategy.
and you still have that label stuck over your eyes, i see.

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Not true. They are striving to change civil law, public perception, AND religious doctrine. Its an "all of the above" strategy.
No, not so. Civil laws, YES, public perception, YEP.

Religious doctrine, not one bit, unless so-called religious people try to change that religious doctrine into civil laws that apply to the rest of the population.

NO ONE should have to live the the religious doctrines of a religion they do not follow.

It's just that simple.
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Not true. They are striving to change civil law, public perception, AND religious doctrine. Its an "all of the above" strategy.
Did you skip your paranoia meds again?
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Which is why your real goal is full social acceptance...not simply "equal rights". And hey...if that means using the public schools to indoctrinate other people's kids against the wishes of their parents so be it.
http://www.healthiersf.org/LGBTQ/InTheClassro...
Its nice to cut through the crap every now and then and just put the truth out there...huh?
Since facts don't seem to enter into your thought process, your best course of action would be to homskool your spawn. Then YOU can teach them whatever nonsense you like. Don't expect public schools to further your wacky religious agenda.
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<quoted text>^^^Defamation is adverse affect.
Then take your proof of defamation, and your receipts for repair, and head to the courthouse. File suit. Go ahead. Put your money where your mouth is.

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So why do you come here defaming gays and lesbians Brian? That isn't very nice.
I've always written, there is nothing wrong with homosexuals or homosexuality. I've never defamed gays or lesbians on any forum.

Why does W.W. write defamations?

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