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Sustain our Jewish- Christian heritage

In an address to fellow Minnesotans in The Tribune Wednesday, April 3, 2013, Rev. Mark Kuether pastor of the Congregational United Church of Christ, Detroit Lakes, MN endorsed marriage for same-sex couples.

As a pastor of a Christian church, he made no reference to the prohibitions against homosexual behavior that are stated in the Bible (Old and New Testaments), and how they could be reconciled with his endorsement. Also, this could be asked: What scriptural references approve or encourage homosexual behavior?

So far as granting or denying freedom, or having the government in, or out, of this issue, it has been in, by laws for a long time: clergy licensed to perform marriages, laws regulating marriages by standards of age, health and nearness of relation.

The term “gay marriage” is an incorrect and therefore misleading term. Marriage is one man and one woman. If the State of Minnesota decides by legislative action to legalize same-sex contracts, they should be called unions, not marriages.

Another ramification of this issue, as a whole, occurred in the State of Massachusetts. Catholic Church adoption agencies were required by the state to assist adoption by gay couples. The agencies refused, and in August 2011, were put out of business by the state.

As the result of the above action, these church agencies were denied their first amendment right of “free exercise” (a breach of the U.S. Constitution), assistance to children and prospective parents was thwarted, and society in general suffered the loss of a support.

Our Jewish-Christian heritage has been part of the foundation of our society ­– we should sustain it. —  William D. Strache, Frazee