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July 5, 2014

Don't stomp on my liberties and I won't stomp on yours

We’ve been hearing more about freedoms and liberties lately and not just because yesterday was Independence Day. In the news and in social media the debates go on over recognizing same-sex “marriages” and the HHS mandate — which seeks to force all employers to have insurance that provides birth control and abortion.

Both of these issues go to the root of our most basic constitutional right — the right of freedom of religion — to believe what we believe without government interference and one of the reasons why the issues have been so controversial.

Our First Amendment rights not only say that Congress shall not establish a particular religion, but goes on to say in the same sentence “or prohibit the free expression thereof.” I have always been a middle-of-the-oad, can-see-both-sides-of-an-issue person, but I have to say these issues have been nagging me to take a firm stand.

I have always been of a mind that long-time partners in a committed relationship should be afforded some legal rights — the right to be at their loved one’s bedside, the right to have a say in the care of that loved one and the right to be included on a health or life insurance policy whether that partner is the same gender or not. Where the problem comes in for many of us, is when they want to call the relationship a marriage and call their partner husband or wife when of the same sex. That becomes a moral issue.

God established marriage and defined it as being between one man and one woman — not multiple partners and not same-sex partners. And in fact, for thousands of years marriage law has also defined marriage as a permanent bond between a man and a woman that includes intercourse and could lead to the procreation of children.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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