In their own words:
''My concern is for the children -- for the future.''
''The marriage issue is waking up alliances that never existed. Abortion was never like this.''
"It's unfortunate that homosexuals have taken the moniker 'gay,' because their lifestyle and its consequences are anything but. Look what has happened in the decades since the sexual revolution and acceptance of the gay lifestyle as normal. Viruses have mutated. S.T.D.'s have spread. It shows that when we try to change the natural course of things, what comes out of that is not joy or gayness.''
''If you have a same-gendered union, you have no natural, biological way to propagate your philosophy. We have to recognize that they have a strategy to propagate their lifestyle. Think back 10 or 20 years ago, when you had the first openly homosexual person on TV. It was shocking to a lot of people. Now it's the norm on television, so you don't have the shock factor. Then they had two men with a passionate kiss on TV. That's the road they're heading down. They have a strategy.''
''They are attempting through the public-school system to teach not only that homosexuality is O.K. but that it's normal. And now they are going as far as teaching children how to engage in the act. I find that appalling and absolutely unacceptable.''
''You'd be amazed how many people in the floral industry are homosexuals. And that's where I became curious. How do you put it together, that they've chosen to do something that I have such an aversion to, yet I'm finding I can see them as real people? As a Christian, that was a welcome development. Around the same time, a close friend told me he was struggling because he was attracted to men. Over the next two years, I had two other people confide the same thing to me. For some reason, God was putting it in my path. I took a psychology course, and ever since I've seen it as part of my ministry to counsel these people. I tell them that is part of God's challenge to them, and those temptations have to be fought off with spiritual weapons.''
''People feel liberated. They feel like we don't have to go along with this stuff anymore, the idea that we're repressed backwater religious zealots just for wanting a decent society in which our children can thrive. It's O.K. today to say that marriage is between a man and a woman. Saying so does not make you a hater or bigot.''
''My concern is the health issue. I want to get these people away from AIDS, out of that unhealthy lifestyle.''
''The ex-gay movement is a very important part of the story. I've had quite a few opportunities to counsel people who were in a homosexual lifestyle. They have generally found themselves in a desperate place. They know that Christ promises an abundant life, but that promise was made with some restrictions. These people have tried to find fulfillment in ways that are against God's principles. So you don't want to further the error by allowing gay marriage. Most of these folks have had an abusive situation that goes back to childhood. You want to heal that. You want to hold back the tide and not let such a high impact issue harm the whole society.''
''The threat to traditional marriage will affect our society more than any other issue that's come up.''
''To put it succinctly, the institution of marriage represents the very foundation of human social order. Everything of value sits on that base. Institutions, governments, religious fervor and the welfare of children are all dependent on its stability.''
''The homosexual community would have us believe that marriage is simply about loving one another. I say it's about two human beings who are wired completely differently, one with estrogen and one with testosterone, living together in love but with the purpose of procreation. It's a lot deeper than love. So I can't see how someone could look on a same-sex marriage as marriage at all.''
''When marriage can mean anything, it means nothing. Why bother to get married at all?''
''I bet a dollar against a doughnut that if they get gay marriage, one day a bisexual is going to show up who says, 'I want to marry a man and a woman. It's going to open the door to polygamy.''
''Once you start this, you could have a 45-year-old man wanting to marry a 9-year-old boy. That could be O.K. in 20 years. That's what you get with relative moral truth. Whereas with absolute moral truth, what was O.K. 50 years ago will still be O.K. 20 years from now.''
''The purpose of the hate-crime legislation seems to be just to silence those of us who oppose homosexuality." As to the medical-decision-making bill, she added, ''We know it's a back-door way for the homosexual activists to get gay marriage.''
The article is a fascinating read about how these people will take any sort of half-truths or their own religious beliefs as fact. I highly suggest reading the entire thing. Basically, the argument still goes that if gays can marry, all society will crumble. How that will exactly happen isn't exactly clear but it just will, damnit!
These two quotes really struck me:
''Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh'' -- and then goes on to add, ''With those 22 words, God announced the ordination of the family, long before He established the two other great human institutions, the church and the government.''
''Marriage was defined thousands of years ago and has served us well,'' said Rebecca Denning, a retired secretary in southern Maryland who volunteers alongside Evalena Gray. ''I think marriage is about procreation and families. And I think we're getting into something that we don't truly understand what the ramifications will be.''
So by this argument, married people who choose not to have children or can't have children or people who choose never to get married are just as bad as the gay sinners who "choose" a hedonistic lifestyle. Not only do these people tell me that I will be going to hell because I'm not part of their club, they are now telling society at large that even if you don't want to be part of their club, you're ruining it for them. Who gives a shit if everyone except for them is going to hell anyway?
People say the darndest things!