On Same-Sex Benefits - And Response (2)

Monday, September 9, 2013

I understand that the battle for benefits for same sex couples has been a long hard fight and is just now beginning to see shreds of daylight. Eventually, every state will allow same sex marriage and the benefits will be part of the law.

However, the title and the article point out that benefits have been extended to same sex couples living together but not married. To echo the title: "Everyone Should be Treated Equally", what is "fair" about that when millions of heterosexual couples live together outside of marriage and do not have access to those benefits for their partners?

Seems like the pendulum is once again swinging so far it becomes biased in the opposite direction. Will heterosexual non-married couples living together have the same benefits? 

Try to imagine the red tape it would take to track both of these relationships and their status from day to day, month to month, etc. It could be a nightmare of paperwork and investigation.

Ted Ladd
East Ridge 

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Good question, Ted. As our nation continues its path of Sodom and Gomorrah, it's turning its back on the one and only living God.  Sin doesn't just affect the person committing it, it affects those around that person as well.  Are we the taxpayers and employees going to lose hard earned money in order to support folks living contrary to God's perfect union of a man taking a wife in holy matrimony? 

God invented marriage (Adam and Eve). You deviate from God's word and everything you try to build shifts and falls because it's built on shifting sand and not the Rock of Christ. 

U.S.A. - Stop praying in public. Remove those crosses. Spare the rod. Give equal recognition to false gods. Christians are fair game = turmoil and it's going to get worse. 

Sexual sin seems, according to the Bible, is the vilest (last straw) so to speak. Adultery, fornication, homosexuality. Our nation is accepting this lifestyle and suing those who oppose it. 

I am a sinner. By the grace of God He has saved me. I fail everyday but I strive to live for Him. It's hurtful for me to look back and think of how my sin has hurt those around me but Jesus says to not do that but "press on."  

You want to know the future ? Look at our history, especially the Old Testament. A generation turns its back on God then the next generation repents because they are in trouble. This is constantly repeated.  The U.S.A. needs to repent and seek God and practice His statutes again.  

In the meantime, we have reinvented the family. Sexual relations? It's all okay. Slaughtering millions of humans still in their mother's womb? That's okay too. 

I'm guessing Ted that after the heterosexuals start their lawsuits as the homosexuals have, it'll be the folks who cry foul because they are being discriminated against because their employer or government won't recognize their pet as family.  

Oh the downward spiral that we create when we turn from God.  

Take heed, Jesus our judge is standing at the door. Are we ready? 

Michael Burns 

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I am trying to find something humorous about this issue that would protect the taxpayers from being required by a proposed legal action being advanced by an expected recipient of our tax money on the City Council to fund a benefit to sexual activists, all other things being equal, that is in violation of our religion (religious persecution). 

So, some alternatives came to mind.  Among them:  Prohibit anyone from running for public office whose first pronouncement is that they prefer sex with their own kind, making that intended matter more important than the job.  If we ever needed someone who would be "straight" with us it is now.  Then, of course, we could sue for equal time on all cable channels to afford all heterosexuals to have a free public coming-out party.  That should keep the media busy for a few hundred years...and that probably would prevent wars and rumors of wars. 

And then, there are other more important and solemn issues that require soul-searching and re-educating ourselves on:  (1) our history from the beginning of our presence in this country because of faith and hope of a few who dared to search for a place to hold freely their established religion and their God close to their hearts and ever-present in their daily lives; (2) our Bill of Rights and our Constitution protecting that freedom; (3) our hard-fought wars to preserve those rights and freedoms; (4) our commandment to work to sustain ourselves, or make ourselves "approved unto God"; and (5) our responsibilities as mothers and fathers to nourish, discipline, and educate our children in the ways of their forefathers to keep our religion, our freedom, and our Constitution alive and well while still loving our neighbors as ourselves. 

All of these matters were considered and reviewed in detail by the U.S. House of Representatives before it closed session last night.  Our religion is under attack, my fellow Americans, and we need to put the issue out there and address it head on and follow through on instructing our leaders how they are to vote.  If they ignore us, recall them.  It is time that the law works for the people rather than the politicians or anti-religion and anti-American groups.  If it is not now a violation of the law to take our tax dollars against our will and our religion to pay a few for their preferred practice of homosexuality, then it should be.  What is next...prostitution at the expense of the taxpayers?  Our next challenge will be the same few pushing to overturn our state law prohibiting gay marriage.  Gov. Haslam needs our support. 

This is not an anti-gay matter to me.  It is a matter of a violation of our Constitutional rights concerning the mis-appropriation of taxpayers' funds for allocation to a cause that is in violation of our religious orders and beliefs. 

Charlotte Parton
Chattanooga


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