Opinion: Why I fight to uphold traditional marriage in Washington
A same-sex marriage bill passed Washington's House and Senate. Rev. Kenneth Hutcherson doesn't approve.
February 9th, 2012
01:23 PM ET

Opinion: Why I fight to uphold traditional marriage in Washington

Editor’s Note: Reverend Kenneth Hutcherson is the senior pastor and founder of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Washington. He is also an author of four books, and a former middle linebacker in the National Football League. Hutcherson is a leading voice in the fight to uphold marriage between one man and one woman in Washington state. He blogs at hutchpost.org.

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. Kenneth Hutcherson, Special to CNN

(CNN) – Why do I stand so strong in support of traditional marriage? Because I am a pastor of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a shepherd that is supposed to lead, feed and protect the flock. Anything the bible says is good for society, I stand on it and I will not compromise on it. What the bible says is good for society has always proven to be good. Anything the bible says is wrong for society has always proven to be wrong.  There have never been any winners in a scenario where society went against what God said would be good.

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Filed under: Christianity • Gay marriage

soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. TrueBlueCatholic

    Bully for you, Kenneth.

    Keep up the good fight. I have other african american friends as well, they get angry when people compare the 'gay' fight with the fight of their ancestors.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  2. VaderBoy

    why isnt this working

    July 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  3. JA


    July 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  4. Mary

    Not surprised. In California an overwelming number of Blacks voted for Obama, but yes on Prop 8. Blacks, especially Men are firmly opposed towards the gay community. And don't even compare equal rights for gays to the civil rights movement. They will go balistic!

    May 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  5. WCCT

    The Bible says divorce is bad for society. The Bible says anyone who divorces and remarries is an adulterer (Matthew 19:9). Kenneth Hutcherson officiated Rush Limbaugh's FOURTH wedding. How's that not compromising?

    March 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  6. JRS ONE

    Slavery is good for society in the Bible. How do you like them apples?

    March 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  7. Miguel in NY

    Reverend, you should be fighting the REAL enemies to marriage in the African American community, such as infidelity, domestic violence and drug abuse. It's shameful that you are a bigot against gays. As an African American whose history is fraught with discrimination, you should know better and be very ashamed of yourself. If Jesus Christ were alive today, he would be appalled at so-called "religious" people such as yourself who espouse hatred instead of love. When you read your Bible next time, remember the following passages: "those without sin shall cast the first stone;" "love thy neighbor as thyself;' "turn the other cheek" and "that which you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me." Ask God for forgiveness, please!

    March 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  8. scali

    This man can characterize "the fight to uphold traditional marriage" however he wants to – but at the end of the day he is fighting to deny basic rights to american citizens. He is on the wrong side of history. Why doesnt he act more christlike and spend his time trying to feed starving children instead of fighting to reduce american rights?

    February 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  9. Stefan

    Sorry Reverend but that was just silly. This was not an argument, you didn't give any logic other than "It's in this book and I like this book".

    Nothing the bible promotes has ever been bad for people? Are you kidding? I'm not going to bother bringing out the same tired quotes where the bible encourages slavery, the suppression of women's rights, etc. etc.

    Just ridiculous. Why is this even on CNN? It's not an article, it's not news, it's not even an opinion... it's a 1 paragraph exercise in how to avoid logic. Couldn't you have featured any of the thousands of intelligent religiious articles/essays out there instead?

    February 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  10. Ted

    The bible is ancient literature that has been edited by hundreds of different religions for 2000 years. Name one history book that explains in detail every version of every bible for every religion within the last 2000 years. Also, if you believe that the original bible is the word of god, then why would you edit it into a something else? And if you don't believe that the old bible is correct, why would you pick and choose things from it? Every spin off religion picks and chooses what they want their bible to say. You don't like slavery so you change it. You don't like how women are treated so you change it. If you really agreed with what god wanted then you wouldn't have changed it. Maybe you were raised to follow the bible for moral support. Then you realize that these stories that reflect some basic guidelines about being a good person. Then maybe you realize that times were different and culture expectations change. Then maybe you realize that you can decide for yourself what is right and wrong and that the bible was a collection of basic guidelines that you could fall back on. If you really believed in the bible you wouldn't have changed it. But you did change it because sometimes it was wrong. Mind your own business, don't talk about god because everyone knows you haven't met him, and leave other people to live theirs lives as they want to live.

    February 28, 2012 at 6:00 am |
    • travis

      "Pray for knowledge and you will receive it". You obviously have not prayed about what is truth and what is lies.

      February 28, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
  11. dsavio

    Has someone tried to stop traditional marriage in Washington? I hadn't heard...

    February 28, 2012 at 3:44 am |
    • Katy

      Funny how it slipped under the radar. Oh wait...

      February 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  12. Leigh

    Then I guess nobody can eat shellfish or pork anymore, for both are a sin according to the OT.

    Dang. And I loves me shrimp and hot pork sandwiches, too.

    February 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • MCFx

      He said "Gospel of Jesus Christ". This is the most ignorant of all the arguments. Grab a history book and learn the difference between the Old and New Testaments and educate yourself between the religions.

      February 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Stefan

      MCFx – direct quote "Anything the bible says is good for society,"

      No reference to any testament. Don't be so snotty – but if you must, read before you are.

      February 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  13. Blake

    We as a nation must turn back to God. We must follow as he as instructed in the Bible. The Bible is plain, it is man who twists and changes what he or she wants. As someone said earlier God gave us brains to think and to reason and also to READ and UNDERSTAND his word. It is up to you whether you choose to follow him or not. You are either with God or against him there is no middle ground. But is we continue to turn against God then the end will not be good for our nation or for those who turn against him.

    February 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  14. Marvin

    Suzie must be a nig ger.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  15. BJM


    February 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  16. relock417

    1) Isn't there a Bible saying of "an eye for an eye" and yet that is countered by "love thy enemy".

    2) Marriage is a Catholic sacrament. The word "sacred" comes from "sacrament". Therefore, "sacred" is a religious term. Therefore, anyone claiming that they need a law to keep marriage "sacred" is going against one of the founding tenants of the United States: separation of Church and State.

    3) It's great to interpret a book written almost 2000 years ago (especially after it has been rewritten and reinterpreted several times over during that time), the same as it was to interpret classic novels as I had to in English class. But to claim blindly, "It's in the Bible so it must be good" is insane. God (or whatever power created this universe we live in) gave us a brain more complicated than any other creature on the planet to THINK for ourselves and to REASON. If you don't think it's ok for slaves to obey their masters and wives to be subservient to husbands, then why do you make exceptions for other things? It's either all OK or it's not all OK. And since almost everyone you ask will say it's not all OK, then why put up such stiff resistance for 1 thing in a book that has lots of other (unquestionably) good things to guide human behavior?

    February 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Dan

      Good point. People like this pastor are such hypocrites, and they make me sick. He, so many preachers pick and
      choose the scriptures that they agree( namely, the anti-gay ones) to justify their bigotry, while ignoring the stuff
      they don't agree with. They're so simple-minded, and they're on the losing side of this issue anyway.

      February 28, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Chris Sanchez

      You get it! Sadly the majority of our fellows do not.

      I will never be convinced that allowing gays to marry will undermine my marriage with my wife. Our marriage is very strong, but even if it was not, how in the world will it be undermined by two men in another bedroom in another house? The arguments against gay marriage are baseless.

      March 1, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  17. michael

    How do you feel about the Bible passage that slaves should be obedient to their masters?

    February 22, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • MCFx

      First of all the word is "servants" not "slaves' which was a reference to all that were in servitude (including slaves) because Paul had previously made the point that we were ALL the same, (Jews/Gentiles, Bondman/Free). Then he goes on to tell the "masters" "Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven." Col 4:1. So, to leave those things out is disingenuous and a little ignorant.

      February 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  18. SuZieCoyote

    ....and yeah, gluttony is a sin, Ken. Get a real job AND go on a diet.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:47 am |
  19. SuZieCoyote

    A note to men (and women) of color. Do you think that once these "good" republican people take away the rights of women and gays, they are not coming after your rights next? Their book says you are inferior, just as it says I (a woman) am inferior, and gays are inferior, and well, let' see.....just about anyone who isn't a white male is inferior. I can see where it would be appealing for a man who has spent a lifetime oppressed to respond to the promise of being able to oppress others to his own greater glory, but do think about where all this is going..... The same people who are promoting these so-called family values are the one who never got over being told slavery is unacceptable.

    February 22, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • tiki

      No, they aren't, those people who dealt with the whole slavery issue are dead and have been for some time now. While I agree in equality, support gay marriage and women's rights, but bringing that issue up isn't pertinent and is a scare tactic.

      February 27, 2012 at 9:43 am |
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