Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

June 24, 2014

Civil union, not same-sex marriage

In case my last letter may have been slightly misunderstood, I wish to further clarify myself. I am a grateful U.S. citizen, and also a sincere Christian. I believe in kindness and respect to all people, and in the protections provided by separation of church and state guaranteed in our constitution. I don’t believe in harsh discrimination or persecution, but I also believe other’s values should be considered, as long as they are not hostile to others.  

Therefore, I am in favorite, for the sake of civil rights, of giving same-sex couples the same legal rights — medical, financial, survivorship — as other couples.

However, also for the sake of religious rights, I feel these relationships should be termed civil unions or legal partnerships in consideration of those who see marriage in the biblical/Judean, Christian and even Islamic sense.

My desire is to point out there can be a win-win answer, with respect toward everyone. I also believe, that out of respect for religious rights, if a religious institution doesn’t believe in marrying same-sex couples they shouldn’t be required to perform them or ever be discriminated against because they don’t believe in them. These legal unions could always be performed in a civil court. I think our constitution tries to empower and protect all of our citizens.

Mary McKinney



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