Pros & Cons

I am utterly amazed at the unchristian bigotry and hatred that permeatesthe "Reverend" Louis P. Sheldon's writings and speech and yet he is ableto call himself a Christian with a straight face. His conscience must reallybe searing. If so, there is still time for him to repent! If not, he mightbe beyond my ability to influence him to repent. However, using the honorificterm "Rev." before his name, leaves me with the same bad feeling as ifI were to have had to address Khruschev as President.

Mr. Sheldon continues to oppose God in his determination to violatethe Ancient Law of Hospitality for which Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed,(see Ezekiel 16:49-50, Isaiah 1:9-11, Jeremiah 23:14). In an article inthe June 23, 1996 issue of The Dallas Morning News regarding "Same-sexMarriages," he further reveals that he worships Satan, the Father of Liesin his effort to subjugate his fellowman and deprive them of their Godgiven rights. I thought I would share it with you. My only comment to himis the warning of Jeremiah,

Jeremiah 23:1-4
1 ¶ Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheepof my pasture! saith the LORD.

2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors thatfeed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and havenot visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings,saith the LORD.

3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whitherI [you] have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; andthey shall be fruitful and increase.

4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and theyshall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saiththe LORD.

Mr. Sheldon, your fighting against God is far more grievous than the sinsof Sodom and Gomorrah. Unless you repent of the evil you are doing againstthe children of God, it will be far better for the inhabitants of Sodomand Gomorrah than for you in the day of Judgment because you are followingSatan and doing his bidding.

This Article is in two parts, viz. Pro and Con.


Written by Even Wolfson, director for Lambda Legal Defense& Education Fund and co-counsel in a case in Hawaii seeking the rightsto marry for same-sex couples.

Imagine a typical hectic day and then a phone call comes -- yourspouse has collapsed at work, and it looks like a heart attack. Every secondcounts as you dash from a crucial business meeting or cancel your turndriving the kids so you can rush to his or her side.

No questions asked, no fumbling to explain why or for whom, you getimmediate access to your spouse, medical records, doctors when you getto he hospital. You need say only two words -- "my wife" or "my husband"-- and doors open. You get to your loved one in time.

Unless of course, you happen to be gay. Would your boss be understand-ing as you bolt from the office? Would the doctors confer with you abouttreatment questions? Would the hospital even allow you into the emergencyroom?

Civil marriage bring legal and social recognition that supports couplesand families in the unpredictable, turbulent world. But today, gay andlesbian couples are not allowed to legally marry in any state -- no matterhow long they have been together, no matter how committed their relation-ship, and no matter how much their families need the protections, responsibilitiesand benefits that comes with civil marriage.

The so-called Defense of Marriage Act now before Congress, like billspushed in 35 states by the Christian Coalition and other religious/politicalextremist groups, would keep marriage a special privilege for non-gay couplesonly. The federal bill would stop discussion, even though people all acrossthe country are just beginning to talk about how the denial of the freedomto marry harms real-life gay couples.

Some say this is a matter of religion, even though we are talking aboutcivil-marriage licenses. The separation of church and state guaranteesthe distinction between civil and religious marriage bonds. No religionwould be forced to perform or recognize marriages for gay couples. But,at the same time, religions should not be dictating who gets a civil-marriagelicense.

For example, some religions oppose divorce and remarriage. They arefree to do so religiously, but we still allow civil marriage for thoseseeking to remarry.

Some say gay people should be denied the choice of marriage becausemarriage is only for people raising children. Yet we know this is not true,for many non-gay couples marry without having kids (ask Bob and ElizabethDole). Also, many lesbians and gay men are parent- ing kids; don'ttheir kids deserve the [same] protections and legal assurances that wouldcome to their families through marriage?

Most fundamentally, since both non-gay and gay people seek to marryfor a mix of reasons -- emotional as well as economic, personal as wellas practical, spiritual as well as social -- the important personal decisionto marry should belong to the couple in love, not the government.

A case in Hawaii on behalf of three couples says exactly that. The HawaiiSupreme Court ruled in May 1993 that the state's denial of marriage licensesto same-sex couples is discriminatory and sent the case back to the lowercourt to give the government a chance to try to justify its position. Trialnow is scheduled in the lower court in the fall, with a final decisionon a likely appeal to the Hawaii Supreme Court at least two years away.The high court has posed the question, why shouldn't gay couples willingto take on the commitment and responsibilities of civil marriage be ableto do so, like anyone else?

The Supreme Court recently held that a Colorado law aimed at withdraw-ing legal rights from lesbians and gay men, like any law , "singling out[a] certain class of citizens for disfavored legal status or general hardships,"is unconstitutional. In Romer vs. Evans, Justice Anthony Kennedy (appointedto the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan) said that government cannot"deem a class of persons a stranger to its laws." Last week, (June16, 1996)the court reaffirmed the principle, sending AB anti-gay rights amendmentto the Cincinnati charter back to an appeal court for

Yet making gay couples second-class citizens is exactly the intent ofbills being pushed in Congress and state legislatures. The anti-gay backlashhas begun, even before we have won the basic freedom to marry that allother Americans take for granted. Knowing that fair-minded Americans arejust beginning to learn and think about gay people and marriage, thesegroups want to choke off all discussion in favor or hate mongering againstlesbians and gay men.

Their anti-marriage bills -- the title "Defense of Marriage Act" iscertainly ironic -- do noting to bolster anyone's marriage. They do notaddress non-gay and gay couples' serious, everyday concerns, such as economics,health care, education or retirement pensions. They do not even give powerto the states, as supporters misleadingly claim. Instead, in the heat ofan election year, [contrary to the Congressional Republican's own assertion]they would grab new powers for the federal government.

Under these proposals, Congress, for the first time in American history,would step into the arena of marriage law and invent a federal definitionof what :good" and "bad" marriages are. Non-gay couples in good marriageswould be rewarded with federal protections and benefits such s Social Securityand pensions for surviving spouses. Gay couples, who years from now mightat last [be] able to marry in at least one state, would find America a"house divided," in which they are literally married one day, "unmarried"the next, depending on what state they are in, or which government bureaucratthey are dealing with.

The so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" is really an attack on marriage,because it says that the federal government can shred you lawful marriageif you and your spouse are of the same sex [or if a heterosexual couplechooses not to have children]. Targeting gay people for [special] second-classmarriages -- withholding Social Security and other federal benefits andprotections -- is intended "not to further a proper legislative end butto make them unequal to everyone else."

It's exactly what the Supreme Court repudiated in its historic Coloradodecision. We should not have second-class citizens in America, and we shouldnot have second-class marriages.

All of us have attended friends' or family members' weddings held notwhere the couple lives but where they grew up, or where they rented a beautifullodge. Those couple are still married when they return home from theirhoneymoon and don't have to get remarried if they move. The Constitutionassures us that this is one country. and if you're married, you're married!But the Christian Coalition and the politicians pushing their bills wouldchange that -- starting with gay people.

There was a time in this country when African-Americans were not permittedto marry. Similar laws targeted Asian-Americans. We changed those laws.Less than 30 years ago, there were laws saying people could not marry someoneof the "wrong" race. We changed that, even though the polls showed peoplewere against interracial marriage.

Women used to be the legal property of their husbands. We changed that.And there was a time when people were forced to remain in a failed marriage.We changed that, too, and the Supreme Court said a divorce in one statemust be recognized throughout the United States. Though the attacks rageon in Congress and several states, so far this year 17 states have refusedto be stampeded and have rejected anti-bill.

Should you care if the two women who live next door decide to marryeach other? Would your life be different if the two men down the streetare legally married? You may not want to no to their wedding, but you haveno business telling them they cannot get married. Marriage is not a limitedcommodity, gay people will not use up all the licenses, or take anythingaway from marriages between a man and woman.

Allowing lesbians and gay men to share equally in the commitment ofcivil marriage is anything but an attack on marriage. The instability.uncertainty and radical discrimination contained in anti-marriage billslike the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" are the real attack. If marriageneeds defending now, it is not from gay couples in love; it is from politicianswilling to subvert the Constitution for discriminatory or political purposes,and from others unwilling to stand up for what is right.

Whatever one's stand on equal marriage rights today, what we need ismore discussion, not a politically-motivated rush to judgment.

[To Mr. Wolfson's argument, I will add that through the gift and powerof revelation from God, I can state emphatically that under the Gospelof Jesus Christ, man has only two commandments to follow. He that hathwisdom and understanding, read:

Matthew 22:35-40
35 Then one of them, [which was] a lawyer, asked [him a question],tempting him, and saying,

36 Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thyheart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour (sic)as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.]

Written by The Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of the TraditionalValues Coalition, an organization based in Anaheim, Calif.

Only in the courts and in some of our more liberal legal and lobbyingorganizations could the debate over changing the nature of marriage toeliminate the essential "one man/one woman" formula last more than a fewminutes.(1)

In every poll(2), there are few issues onwhich the American people have reached such a well-defined consensus.

Marriage, a tried and true institution, has sustained America(3)during these past two centuries, and its healthy practice holds the keysto out future.

The climate created by misguided attempts to legalize gay marriagesis hostile to the strong compass guiding American.(4)The Defense of Marriage Act before Congress deserves immediate passageand signature from the president.

Unfortunately, we need look back only one month for a well-publicizedexample of governmental hostility to the American consensus [here Mr. Sheldonis guilty of inciting the American people]. The U.S. Supreme Court threwout an anti-gay rights amendment to the Colorado constitution.

The majority cited some vague right to be homosexual in denying thepeople of Colorado the right to set standards for their community. Thenlast week, the Supreme Court took a similar position in sending an anti-gayrights amendment to the Cincinnati charter back to an appeals court forreconsideration.

In the Colorado case, Justices William Rehnquist, Clarence Thomas andAntonin Scalia defended the people of Colorado and the rest of us(5)very eloquently in the dissenting opinion written by Mr. Scalia. Americans,particularly parents and other family members, have good reason to be concernedabout the decline in morals and the blurring of community standards acrossthe nation.

We have no government armed in power capable of contending with humanpassions unbridled by morality and religion," John Adams said. "Our constitutionwas made only for moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate forthe government of any other."(6)

Heterosexual marriage is not a relative cultural norm but an absolutefor the continuation of civilization.(7) Effortsto legitimize "homosexual marriage" are exercises in political cosmetics-- using the rhetoric of equality to disguise an agenda aimed at specialunwarranted privilege.(8) It is a deceitfulattempt to undermine the institution of marriage.(9)It would push our country onto a misguided track that has destroyed othercivilizations.(10)

In his recent book Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, Dr. JeffreySatinover explained it clearly. "When left to itself, human sexuality appearsunconstrained and to the innocent mind shockingly polymorphous. But thehallmark of society in which all sexual constraints have been set asideif that it sanctions homosexuality as well. Plutarch, the first-centuryGreek moralist, saw libertinism to be the third and next-to-last stagein the life cycle of a free republic before its final descent into tyranny.(11)

A lawsuit concerning homosexual marriage is being reviewed by the SupremeCourt of Hawaii, where the polls show that three out of four people opposehomosexual marriage.(12)

At the core of the effort of homosexual extremists to legitimize theirbehavior is(13) the debate over whether ornot homosexuality is some genetic inherited trait or whether it is a chosenbehavior.(14) The activists argued that isan immutable characteristic.(15)

But no school of medicine, medical journal or professional organizationmuch as the American Psychological Association or the American PsychiatricAssociation has ever recognized the claim that homosexuality is genetic,hormonal or biological.(16)

Homosexuality is a choice.(17) No othergroup of Americans has ever claimed special rights and privileges(18)based solely on their choice of sexual behavior, and the Constitution issilent(19) on any basis for special privileges.

A significant point in the debate over homosexual marriage is the rightof the government to regulate the times, places and manner in which peoplemay act on their sexual desires.(20) At present,all states allow only two people in the marriage relationship. There areage restrictions and pro- hibitions on marrying closely related membersof the same family.(21)

Just as the state has a "compelling interest on behalf of its citizensin imposing these limits on marriage, it has the same interest in prohibitingthe marriage of homosexual(22) (refer to Gay(Gai) Marriages? in these Journalsof Discourses)

One prominent homosexual spokesman, former New Republic editor AndrewSullivan, has said that even with homosexual marriages, most homosexualswill continue to explore random extra-marital outlets. What normal groupof people open the discussion of "extra-marital" affairs in the well-foundednational concern about the spread of HIV-related illnesses, isn't sucha suggestion irresponsible, at the very least and bordering on criminal?(23)

Mr. Sullivan also talks of their "varied and complicated lives" andwarns homosexuals to resist allowing their diverse lives to be shaped intoa "single moralistic model."(24)

There is a great deal of confusion among homosexuals about whether theywant marriage with its restrictions on their behavior. They recognize thetaxpayer-financed benefits bonanza (Social Security, Medicare, etc.), butthey refuse to yield on the practice of random and anonymous sex.(25)

With the 1990 passage of a much-publicized "domestic partnership ordinancein San Francisco, a mere 3 percent of the city's 200,000 homosexual residentsapplied for certificates under the ordinance. Similarly, since Januaryof this year, when San Francisco inaugurated nonbinding (sic) marriageagreements, 0.18 percent of the homosexual population has applied.(26)

Is this sort of murky arrangement that Texans or people in other stateswish to recognize and place on an equal plane with traditional marriages?I don't believe so, and the prospect of having this presented in "familylife" courses in public schools is disturbing.(27)

A study of 34,706 students in grades seven through 12 in Minnesota foundthat 25.9 percent of students age 12 were "unsure" of their sexual orientation.This declined sharply to 5 percent by age 18. But the implica- tions ofthis and other data are troubling -- what happens when homosex- ualityand homosexual marriage are added to a list of choices for these youngpeople to consider?(28)

And whose voice will be raised in that classroom to challenge such teaching?(29)

Whatever the pronouncement of the U.S. Supreme Court and the HawaiiSupreme Court -- Americans know that "homosexual marriage is an oxymoron.(30)

Sen. Don Nickles, R-Okla., Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., and REP. Steve Largent,R-Okla., have introduced the Defense of Marriage Act in the Congress. Itreasserts the definition of marriage as one man/one woman and allows statesnot to recognize homosexual marriages performed in other states.(31)

The bill is just common sense.(32)

America is fast becoming a nation where "rights" are created and bestow-ed routinely on whichever group can cry the shrillest that it has beenvictimized.(33)

Across the country, thinking people are becoming alarmed as they wit-ness the erosion of our nation's moral core. They recognize the libertinebehavior cannot be rewarded at the cost of destroying America's moral consensus.We must set moral boundaries if we are to continue as a free republic,and that should start with the reaffirmation of one man/one woman marriage.(34)


I appeal to Louis Sheldon to forsake Satan and evil and return to theLord God whom you profess but blaspheme in the manner in which Isaiah andChrist prophesied:

Isaiah 29:13
13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near [me]with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed theirheart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept ofmen:
Matthew 15:7-9
7 [Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth mewith [their] lips; but their heart is far from me.

9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandmentsof men.

and lastly Jeremiah warned you and those who follow you when they said:

Jeremiah 12:10
10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portionunder foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

Jeremiah 23:1-4
1 ¶ Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheepof my pasture! saith the LORD.

2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors thatfeed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and havenot visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings,saith the LORD.

3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whitherI [you] have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; andthey shall be fruitful and increase.

4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and theyshall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saiththe LORD.

Mr. Sheldon, you are saying that homosexuality is so utterly desirable,so preferred that the only way you and others like you can insure thatyour philosophy is carried on generation to generation is to slander andrail against God's gift of homosexuality? Don't rail against a gift, railagainst its usage.

Freedom of Choice means just that. To deny people the Freedom of Choice,trying in your misguided, demonic way and thinking, to insure that everyoneis saved, was exactly the Plan of Satan for which the War in Heaven wasfought and for which he was cast out of heaven, made Satan, the Fatherof Lies and named Lucifer meaning Deceiver.

To deny anyone any Freedom of Choice is to thwart the final Judgmentand therefore, the purpose of God.

God has promised He will forgive you and remember your sin no more butunless you repent, He has said it will be better for the inhabitants ofSodom and Gomorrah than for you!


(1) No oneis eliminating anything. Similar to what Christ said, Gay people are notdoing away with marriage but fulfilling it.

(2) Mr. Sheldon'sargument sounds like they were taken verbatim from that enunciated by thePro-Slavery, Pro-Segregationist, Pro-Klu Klux Klan antichristian faithmerchants of the 18th century. When slavery was abolished, very poll showedthat Americans supported the enslavement of blacks, "niggers" to Mr. Sheldonand friends. Fortunately, Mr. Sheldon, this country is a country basedon laws and not public opinion polls, otherwise, Christian Faith Merchantslike Mr. Sheldon would still enslave blacks to this day.

(3) Despitethe abundance of men cheating on their wife and fathering million of babiesout of wedlock .

(4) Nothingin legalizing gay marriages is a threat to anyone but Satan! There is nothingstronger or more pervasive than systemic prejudice perpetrated by man'sProfessional Faith Merchants.

(5) Watchhow you use the phrase "the rest of us." As is typical of bigoted antichristianfaith merchants, Mr. Sheldon erroneously claims to be able to speak for45 million homosexually gai people.

(6) Whosemorals and which religion?

(7) I challengeMr. Sheldon to learn the actual history of government sanctioned marriage,period. Amounts to only a blip compared the time man has been on earth!

(8) ON THECONTRARY: Denial of equal rights for all God's children is to set up aspecial class of people and the granting of special rights to that group.That is contrary to the laws of God!

(9) That'sthe pot calling the kettle black

(10) Name onecivilization destroyed because of homosexuality and if you say the Romancivilization, you are more illiterate pernicious and perverse in your selectivemisinterpretation of history than I had given you credit.

(11) Mr. Sheldonconfuses tyranny with anarchy! As a so-called "Reverend," Mr. Sheldon wouldhave as his choice of scholars, scholars of man. However, for me and myhouse, we'll rely on the Word of God!

(12) Law isnot based upon public opinion but what is right.

(13) At thecore of the effort of God's children is equal rights granted by God.

(14) For theWord of God, refer to The Book of the Millennial Dispensation Chapter 8.Also see Did you Choose to be Gay? in these Journals of Discourses

(15) Mr. Sheldonenunciates his own unfounded interpretation! No one has ever claimed anyhuman behavior is immutable.

(16) A perfectexample of an antichrist in Ministerial garb twisting and obfuscating thetruth. He states another truth but bastardized the real truth. The truthis, no one has ever claimed that science ever said its was genetic, hormonalor biological. Plus it would have been a complete fraud for the AmericanPsychological Association or the American Psychiatric Association, whoseexpertise is the mind, to have said the cause was either genetic, hormonalor biological which is beyond their expertise and Mr. Sheldon knows thisor he should. However, Medical Science is united in asserting the individualwas born with the proclivities, propensities, predisposition.

(17) As isheterosexuality a choice to live according to that which the person feelsis natural for him/her. Beyond that, you have no choice as to who you fallin love with.

(18) No togive everyone equal rights is to grant heterosexually gai people like youspecial rights and privileges. God has said his spirit will be poured outupon mankind in these days and his spirit will overcome Satan, your God,the Father of Lies.

(19) The Constitutionis not silent on equal human rights for all the people.

(20) Marriageand sex are two different things. Read the Bible which you blasphemouslyprofess to believe.

(21) Why?Man's law is based on reason! Think it through, I'm sure the Spirit ofGod will be with you long enough to learn and understand the truth, butonly if you are truly seeking the truth.

(22) Mr. Sheldonis trying to judge an apple based on what he thinks of an orange

(23) Sincewhen does anyone disallow something because someone is not so inclinedto do what is socially acceptable. If that were the criteria, with allthe child and teenage promiscuity, heterosexual marriages would have beenoutlawed centuries ago. You do what is right to improve society. Society'sdo things that promote the overall well-being and health of society.

(24) Takingsomeone's words out of context, even Mr. Sheldon's, can be made to appearundesirable. But his, like yours, is but one opinion and while the mostvocal does not speak for all homosexually gai people as your opinion doesnot speak for God nor even most Christians.

(25) Aftera hundreds of years of unfounded antichristian religious prejudice anda hundred years of intense legal and social homophobic in which "Christian"Faith Merchants brands a child of God a criminal simply for being born,is it any wonder that it takes time to reacclimatize to freedom?

(26) Aftera hundreds of years of unfounded antichristian religious prejudice anda hundred years of intense legal and social homophobic in which "Christian"Faith Merchants brands a child of God a criminal simply for being born,is it any wonder that it takes time to reacclimatize to freedom and aboveall, teach people that God never once abandoned them only the Sadduceesand Pharisees of man's religion?

(27) Theextension of equal freedoms and responsibilities to all of God's childrenhas always been disturbing to Satan and his followers

(28) Theapplication, interpretation and ramifications of this study are highlyquestionable. To suggest it is troubling that a young, naive and immatureindividual hasn't yet been influenced by peer and parental prejudices informing an intractable image of the self is a very pernicious dogma ofSatan. Objectivity always requires an open mind, not a closed. intractablemind. Children should be discourages from engaging in heterosexual experimentation.Clean, healthy homosexuality does not produce an unplanned and unwantednew life. Unclean and unhealthy heterosexuality transmits diseases andcreates life before children are ready.

You who profess a belief in God are quick to deny His power and influence.Is not this the age when you don't want children to experiment heterosexually?This is precisely the very reason and one of the purposes for which Godcreated and ordained homosexuality!

(29) Satanwill always find agents to accomplish his nefarious plans of limiting man'sfreedom and the judgment. Opposition is not necessary in an educationalatmosphere of truth, freedom and objectivity

(30) Theword "Marriage" has been bastardized or properly applied to explain a "marriagebetween two corporations." Now, according to Mr. Sheldon's definition,all those marriages must be annulled, struck down and invalidated becausea marriage is only between a man and a woman. The only oxymoron is attachingthe word "Reverend" to Louis P. Sheldon. Jeremiah's warning in Jeremiah23:1-4 is very applicable to you even in our day. I call on you to repentthis very day for your sin is more grievous before God than that of theinhabitants of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

(31) Thefirst act of you and Satan's attempt to destroy the constitution of theUnited States. It was prophesied that the Constitution of the United Stateswould hang by a thread. Now I understand how you and Satan will bring thisabout.

(32) Thebill is just common sense for Satan and the antichrists

(33) EqualRights for each and everyone of God's children whether white or black,American or Russian, male or female, homosexual or heterosexual is nota right that can be created or destroyed by man, only recognized or withheld

(34) Christsaid it best., Matthew 15:7-9

7 [Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honourethme with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me.

9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandmentsof men.


David R.W. Wadsworth
Servant of the Most High God

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