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Opinion: Why I support gay marriage in Washington
A same-sex marriage bill passed Washington's House and Senate. Rev. Mike Denton approves.
February 9th, 2012
02:26 PM ET

Opinion: Why I support gay marriage in Washington

Editor’s Note: Rev. Mike Denton is a conference minister of the United Church of Christ working with congregations in Washington, Northern Idaho and Alaska. He supports gay marriage.

For an opposing view, click here.

On Wednesday afternoon, Washington's House passed a same-sex marriage bill, 53-43. The state Senate has already passed it, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has promised to sign it. Opponents of  the bill are promising to put the issue on the ballot this November.

By. Rev. Mike Denton, Special to CNN

It was a little more than 15 years ago when two friends of mine – I’ll call them Amy and Christine – asked me to officiate at their wedding. Actually, at the time, I’m not sure we called it a “wedding.” Fifteen years ago, gay and lesbian folks were still stepping gingerly around the words “wedding” or “marriage.” It didn’t feel safe and just didn’t seem to be worth the fight so words like “union service” or “commitment service” were used instead.

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Filed under: Christianity • Gay rights • Opinion

soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. WASP

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    this is from our declaration of independence. all men are created equal and due to amendments females as well, so if a straight couple can marry so can a same gender couple marry. it is only the religious fanatics that have a problem with this. here is some truth that needs to be put out. churches, etc DO NOT marry you.....they can do the ceremony but you have to turn in to the state the paperwork for the state to approve you of being married. a mormon church can marry four women to one man, however when the paperwork is sent to the state the state will deny that marriage,same if a church tries to marry a minor to an old man; the state marries people. so if the church doesn't want to do the ceremony for a same gender couple then don't, the state can still marry them because the church has no say so over the government.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  2. Ellin

    AMAZING ! The United States has finally evolved socially to where The Greeks were at least 2000BC, and they now allow Gays in the Military ! CONGRATULATIONS AMERICA ! You are now coming closer to becoming more like Greece than ever before.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:50 am |
  3. Maya

    You LOSE, bigots. Get used to it. Your time has passed.

    February 13, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  4. Keith

    Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
    Hbr 13:4 Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whor-emongers and adulterers God will judge.
    I guess the author never saw those verses in his "bible". He probably didn't see these either:
    Mat 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

    Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

    Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

    February 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
    • Keith

      United Church of Christ-not! These people who claim the name of Christ use his name in vain.

      February 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
    • EndTheHate

      Please read this with a earnest heart and pray about it.

      Romans 2:1
      1)You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

      Matthew 7:1-5
      1DO NOT judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves.
      2For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.
      3Why do you stare from without at the very small particle that is in your brother's eye but do not become aware of and consider the beam of timber that is in your own eye?
      4Or how can you say to your brother, Let me get the tiny particle out of your eye, when there is the beam of timber in your own eye?
      5You hypocrite, first get the beam of timber out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the tiny particle out of your brother's eye.

      February 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • EndTheHate

      And why is it that you self proclaimed "Christians" never seem to bring up any of these verses?

      Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death. (Exodus 21:15 NAB)
      All who curse their father or mother must be put to death. They are guilty of a capital offense. (Leviticus 20:9 NLT)
      If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT)
      A priest's daughter who loses her honor by committing fornication and thereby dishonors her father also, shall be burned to death. (Leviticus 21:9 NAB)
      Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)
      When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)
      If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29 NLT)

      February 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • momoya

      @Kieth

      People who believe in a terroristic god who sustains an eternal lake of fiery torment for the majority of human beings have disgusting beliefs. In essence, you're a terrorist.

      February 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • EnjaySea

      So Keith, I guess your point is that a few thousand years ago, men wrote down and codified their hatred for gay people. So what? Are we all supposed to live like the ancients, because what? they were so much more clever than us?

      Your regurgitation of ancient texts has no bearing whatsoever on this issue.

      February 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Three best places for ho mos exuals
      1. In the grave, best as a self inflicted casualty and before they have hurt anyone
      2. In prison, in solitary confinement, so as not to corrupt honest criminals
      3.In a mental hospital for the criminally insane, in solitary confinement and 100% restrained
      They are not gay they are qu eers. Gay is a stolen word used by them to make their disgusting lifestyle appear acceptable. Who are the qu eers trying to fool with that?

      February 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      pervert alert, you are very likely to be mentally I'll. Please seek help immediately. Seriously, please call.911 and tell them you need help.

      February 12, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Sue Thom

      YOU'RE TOTALLY INSANE!!! GET SOME HELP, YOU SICK FREAK!!!!

      February 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • ....

      "Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination."

      It also tells you to stone your children to death if they talk back to you. It tells you that a woman has to marry her rapist. Oh, that's right it has nothing to do with today's Christians because it's the old Holy Code. Thanks for showing us you don't understand your bible.

      February 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • Candy Bustanoby

      OK, then. Let people marry whom they will and let God make the decisions about who will and who will not be admitted to heaven. That is not for anybody to judge. If there is a heaven. Or a hell. Both of which I doubt.

      February 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things*

    February 11, 2012 at 6:32 am |
    • Nope

      *The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs."""""`~~~~

      February 11, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • nope

      nope

      February 11, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Yup

      "nope

      nope"

      More desperation from the xtians! LMAO!

      February 13, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  6. James

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbmbdWK6338&w=640&h=360]

    February 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  7. Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
    Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
    Prayer fucks up your knees, your neck and your back.
    Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
    Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world.
    Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
    Prayer makes you think doilies are exciting.
    Prayer makes your kids avoid spending time with you.
    Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
    Prayer makes you frothy like Rick Santorum. Just google him to find out.
    Prayer dulls your senses.
    Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
    Prayer makes you hoard cats.
    Prayer makes you smell like shitty kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
    Prayer wastes time.

    February 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  8. pervert alert

    Be careful not to hurt the feelings of the sick, twisted perverts who gave the world AIDS

    February 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Seriously?

      "Be careful not to hurt the feelings of the sick, twisted perverts who gave the world AIDS"

      You're such a moron it's was hunters in the jungle who were eating monkeys that first got aids. Keep showing the world your stupidity.

      February 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
    • pervert alert

      AIDS ground zero = Canadian qu eer

      February 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Pat

      "AIDS ground zero = Canadian qu eer"

      The most commonly accepted theory is that of the 'hunter'. In this scenario, SIVcpz was transferred to humans as a result of chimps being killed and eaten or their blood getting into cuts or wounds on the hunter. Normally the hunter's body would have fought off SIV, but on a few occasions it adapted itself within its new human host and became HIV-1. The fact that there were several different early strains of HIV, each with a slightly different genetic make-up (the most common of which was HIV-1 group M), would support this theory: every time it passed from a chimpanzee to a man, it would have developed in a slightly different way within his body, and thus produced a slightly different strain.

      February 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • pervert alert

      a lot of chimp hunting going on in San Francisco is there?

      February 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @pervert alert

      Go troll somewhere else, your idioicy is an utter disgrace to humanity.

      February 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • pervert alert

      when confronted by truth the ho mo turns to attack. Trying to discredit those with the courage to tell the sick perverts what they really are

      February 10, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • God

      @pervert alert,

      All you do is sit around all day and talk about homosexual sex. Who do you really think is the perv?

      February 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • pervert alert

      It is apparent to all civilized people of moral value that the perverts are those known as hom ose xuals.Truth hurts qu eers enough to even try to impersonate God. Qu eers are cursed by truth and a blight on the face of the earth.

      February 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Seriously?

      "truth hurts qu eers enough to even try to impersonate God. Qu eers are cursed by truth and a blight on the face of the earth."

      You are so clueless that you're the pervert in our society because your prejudice is founded in stupidity and not the real truth.

      February 11, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • pervert alert

      you have been told the real truth, the fact you can't handle the real truth speaks volumes to your perverted view of what is.

      February 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  9. jack sullivan

    dadt policy should be in armed forces and public life, what people do behind closed doors is one thing but its' gross to see gays acting like fools in public.

    February 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • sam

      It's not gross to watch heteros act like fools in public?

      February 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Gross to you maybe. I could give less of a cr@p if they want to show affection in public. If straight couples can then gay couples can as well. DADT was a discriminatory policy and has been repealed through the due process of the law. Deal with it.

      February 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Doc ument the perverts so that when the country returns to its senses, all the qu eers can be easily picked up and jailed for the crimes they have committed against humanity.

      February 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Seriously?

      "all the qu eers can be easily picked up and jailed for the crimes they have committed against humanity."

      You're an idiot some of the most high ranking people in our corporations are gays and lesbians. Your prejudice and bigotry is not founded on real facts.

      February 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • pervert alert

      high ranking people are not immune to jails. There is such a minority of qu eers that they will not be missed when called to account for their perverse crimes.

      February 10, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
    • Seriously?

      "high ranking people are not immune to jails."

      Being gay isn't against the law moron because the experts around the world have shown that being gay is not a mental illness, it's not a choice and it can't be voluntarily changed. Only prejudice people spew the nonsense you do because it's not based on REAL facts.

      February 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Three best places for hom os exuals
      1. under the sod self inflicted before they have hurt someone
      2. maximum security prison in solitary confinement so as not to corrupt honest criminals
      3. mental hospital for the criminally insane , under solitary confinement

      February 10, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  10. we miss you Adelina come back...

    ...please

    February 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  11. WASP

    it's about equal rights under the law, and right now same gender couple are excluded from that grouping. before it was women and they fought for equal rights, minorities fought for equal rights for years. so what makes same gender couples any less deserving to have the option as a straight couple.

    February 10, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  12. pervert alert

    destroying the foundation of the nation is not fair, fair got nothing to do with it. Qu eers belong in prison, not in public.

    February 10, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • warmesTghosT

      What's it like to know you're standing on the wrong side of history and will eventually be universally recognized as the pathetic, contemptible fool that you are?

      Whatever, go back to your Bible and pray for your Rapture. I know I'm certainly looking forward to the day that all you disgusting idiots leave this planet. One way or another.

      February 10, 2012 at 10:49 am |
    • Seriously?

      "Qu eers belong in prison, not in public."

      Keep showing your prejudice is founded on ignorance and not true facts. The laws in this country got changed because all the major organizations in science and psychology has shown that being gay is not a mental illness, it's not a choice and it can't be voluntarily changed. Your prejudice and bigotry is a choice and that say a lot about who you are as a person.

      February 10, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Keith

      pa, you mean like Jerry Sandusky?

      February 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
  13. hippypoet

    being married is not important, being happy is.... let others get the chance to be as happy or as miserable as you! – thats fair!

    February 10, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Rahman

      Marg:Happy to see such wonderful nommects as I also loved it. I was looking forward to seeing the next episode but could only find the Pilot. Please keep the story going. Good story-line and the characters, specially Jack, are so enjoyable to watch. Hoping the next episode will be on very soon.

      April 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
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