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WA Republican on the Importance of Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

WA Republican on the Importance of Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

 

Washington Republican Senator Steve Litzow has recorded a video explaining why he believes equal marriage rights for same-sex couples are so important.

Watch the video below:

This video was recorded for the Washington United for Marriage (WUM) campaign that aims to preserve the state’s newly enacted marriage equality law that goes before voters in November.

Senator Litzow, of Mercer Island and representing the 41st Legislative District, was one of the first Republicans to sponsor the state’s Marriage Equality Act which was signed into law in February, 2012.

“It seems only fitting to release Steve’s video this week when we all pause to remember that freedom and independence are core principles of our state and our nation,” WUM campaign manager Zach Silk is quoted as saying. “And here in Washington, those basic principles are at risk this November unless voters approve Referendum 74 and affirm our bipartisan marriage law.”

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8:20AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

Dear DR. C

I apparently did not make myself clear. I agree that by law the United States is not established as a Christian country. Partially for the reason's Jefferson outlined. I do not want any Christian group taking over this country.

What I stated was that Christian thought influenced and helped found this country. I consider that this understanding is the middle of the road.

Better?

7:52AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Equal rights for EVERYONE, is all that should matter, no matter their race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

8:00PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Michael C, your head must stuck in a very dark tight place.

7:31PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

The term "marriage" travels in to distinct channels (separation of church and state)

As relates to the government marriage is a civil contract which naturally is covered by the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the of the constitution.

The religious aspect of "marriage" is the ceremony of marriage and it's recognition by the church.

One can enter into the contract of marriage without any church ceremony at all, but the church no matter what it does cannot create the civil contract of marriage.

7:21PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Mark K. gays are asking right to marry in a legal sense, not a religious sense. No one is forcing religious leaders to marry people they don't believe should be married, we are asking for equal rights because separate has never been equal.

7:12PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

... continued...

US CONSTITUTION (1789)

Article VI - Debts, Supremacy, Oaths
[This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and **** all Treaties made ****, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.]...[no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.]

============ Treaty of Tripoli ======( but 8 years later )===============
(submitted to the Senate by President John Adams , receiving ratification unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797)
[As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion]



7:00PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

@Harry W. [They used Biblically principals in framing some of the laws. This is why Moses is on the Courthouse of the Supreme Court.]

There are a wide variety of characters on the friezes in the supreme court including Moses. The presence of Moses is not a proof of the Christian nation myth. It's an artistic composition of various famous figures associated with law through history.

Napoleon Bonaparte, Marshall, William Blackstone, Hugo Grotius, Louis IX, King John, Charlemagne, *** Muhammad **** and Justinian

Menes, Hammurabi, Moses, Solomon, Lycurgus, Solon, Draco, Confucius and Octavian (Caesar Augustus)


Now while your correct that Thomas Jefferson agreed with the teachings of Jesus he did not in any consider him anything but a man. His thoughts on Christianity the religion...

Thomas Jefferson -"Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth." – "Notes on Virginia"

... to be continued ...

3:10PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Dear Luvenia
The right to practice a person’s religion does not generally harm other people. What you are probably referring to is where people have taken control of a government and used their power and authority to control and abuse people. It is very true that religious people have done this and continue to do so.
But in order to be a Christian a person must follow what JESUS said. He stated his followers would be known by their love. So a person who calls themselves a Christian but does not love others is lying, usually trying to trick others. To call yourself a Christian and go against what JESUS says generally requires a person to either be deranged or an atheist who is only using relgion and does not really believe what they are saying. The founders of the United States in generally were Deist or Christian in outlook. Those who were deists were influenced by Christianity. For instance Jefferson made his Bible of the Ethical teachings of Jesus. He just did not believe him to be god.

3:01PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Dear Christopher
Where did I fall short? Yes the government is operated on secular matters. But the people who wrote the laws were people who believe in GOD and called on his name. They used Biblically principals in framing some of the laws. This is why Moses is on the Courthouse of the Supreme Court. The oath of office is on a Bible why because the people were Judeo Christian in outlook.
They also feared for anyone church to gain too much control which is the reason for the first Amendment.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Thanks Steve and what I do love most is that the young people of today think that it should be no big deal and basically it isn't unless you are a bigoted religious kinda person

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