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12/18/2012

Mainers who are unaware that their side's fear claims were B.S. talking points

by Jeremy Hooper

The Christian Civic League of Maine asked its supporters to predict how the state's marriage equality law will affect their lives, and what follows is a sampling of the responses. My favorite is the person who now plans to refer to his marriage as a "pre-2013" marriage:

I’m afraid that the gay agenda will be forced into public schools. This is something I don’t agree with at all. Kids need to worry and learn about kid things, not why a man is with another man, or a woman with another woman, etc. I have seen first hand how militant and nasty the gay community can be towards business owners that differ in opinion.
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It will result in the loss of free speech, thought and activity. It will dampen the preaching of the gospel. Lawsuits will abound. Freedom is GONE!
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It will bring division in my relationships as I, like John the Baptist in Mark 6:18, will at some point be forced to state that it is not lawful for men to take men as a spouse or women to take women in “marriage” no matter what the law of the land states. It will be a time of terrible grief.
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Kids in school will be taught that homosexuality is NORMAL rather than ABNORMAL. That’s how the press is already treating it.
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Overall, I believe the homosexual lifestyle will be more pervasive in all areas and those that endorse it will expect everyone to accept it not just tolerate it. Anytime a society compromises the Word of God and embraces false ideas, that society will fail eventually. Our only hope is that Christ will return soon or there is another great revival.
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We must necessarily live in fear of being hauled into court, by homosexuals; for merely having a pro-marriage bumper sticker on our vehicle or even having a public conservation w/ like minded person which is overheard by homosexual.

The homosexual community will be out for blood!

Homosexual/lesbian marriage cheapens and devalues the word marriage. My wife and I will have to refer to our marriage as a “pre-2013″ marriage.
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The redefinition of marriage in Maine will affect everything in a negative way. I can’t say in a few words the issues that will bring. I have met so many people here in Maine who have had young boys in their families sexually abused. It’s a HUGE problem here in Maine and the culture. Not everyone was born to be gay as their defense is.
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Across the board, I believe it will affect everyone, because the embracing of evil changes the spiritual environment over and around a place.
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Because it will become one of the “new normals” which are abnormalities or better abominations, it will present a challenge to our young people, especially our children. The pressure from the world’s philosophy will make it very difficult. However, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. Truth still sets us free!
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Will it be illegal for me to teach my children Romans 2? My biggest fear is having to broach a difficult topic to young children. They should never have to deal with this type of lifestyle – what if they have a propensity towards homosexuality, with the world saying it’s ok? I am in danger of losing them to encouraging, yet harmful voices.
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It will affect all aspects of people’s lives…our minister preached on homosexuality a few weeks ago but this may not be allowed anymore. The “new normal” family will be indoctrinated at school (I saw some of the books a while ago) to 1st graders. However, God is still on the throne and that will never change.
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My husband and I are Christian and my son was raised Christian and went to Christian schools and daycare. When he was 16 yrs. old, he told us he was gay and said that he didn’t believe in God because God made him that way. It broke our hearts. Gay marriage is a distraction from him getting right with God. We shall keep on praying.
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Not sure…. My church is fervently opposed, from a biblical stance, to this redefinition of marriage. Personally I pray for a new boldness to share Christ with others. After the election, it feels like we’re on the Titanic after hitting the iceberg….and we are going down as a nation. Our state/nation has continually thumbed its nose at God.
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It changes everything. Because new leadership at the CCLofME led us to this defeat, God will judge ME and remove his hand of protection from our state. This is truly above and beyond the petty physical impacts on your comfortable go-along-to-get-along life, people. It literally defines the cosmic struggle between good and evil. Take it seriously!
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It will not affect me what so ever because I WILL NOT COMPLY PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Readers comment on how same sex marriage will affect them [CCL of Maine]

Of course what will really happen is that gay people will get civil marriage licenses, religious people/orgs will retain the very same oppositional rights they always had, and future generations will be infinitely better off with one less contrived "culture war" getting in the way of actual issues-based work. A shame that we on the side of equality are the only ones telling them that truth.

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