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Gay rights are not civil rights

Deane Adams, Marshalltown

July 8, 2012

I agree with the June 23, 2012 article about the Southern Baptists saying gay rights are not civil rights. This came a day after they elected their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism. Southern Baptist passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. The resolution acknowledged that gays and lesbians sometimes experience "unique struggles," but declares that they lack the "distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protection". They go on to say "it is regrettable that the homosexual rights activists and those who are promoting the recognition of the same-sex marriage have misappropriated the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement."

This is one place that Senator Steve Sodders and I have a disagreement. I believe same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue, and the people of Iowa have a right to vote on the issue. The Iowa Senate says it's a civil rights issue, and they will not let the people of Iowa vote.

This is not a case where one side is a bigger sinner than the other side. We are all sinners and will stand before our Lord someday to be judged. I don't believe it's a Democrat-Republican issue, I believe this is an Iowa issue where marriage should be between one man and one woman. Steve Sodders and I are friends, we just disagree on this issue.

I believe like the Rev. Dwight McKissic, who is black, that it is an unfair comparison for gays to equate same sex-marriage with civil rights because there is not incontrovertible, scientific evidence that homosexuality is an innate characteristic like skin color.



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