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The Love That Binds Us

Thomas Whitley

The state of Iowa, as have many states, recently took up a proposed amendment to prohibit gay marriage, which had already been determined to be legal. Zach Wahls, a 19-year old university student, got up to speak of his experience being raised by gay parents. His short remarks are well worth listening to. [youtube=]  

My family really isn't so different from yours. After all, your family doesn't derive its sense of worth from being told by the state, 'You're married, congratulations.' No. The sense of family comes from the commitment we make to each other, to work through the hard times so we can enjoy the good ones. It comes from the love that binds us.

It is certainly true of my family (having been adopted and gone through various other situations that inevitably impact a family) that our sense of worth comes from the love that binds, not from anyone else's opinion of us. Together me, my sister, and my parents found out what it was to be a family. This family is without a doubt the greatest blessing I have ever received.

Sadly, even after Zach's comments, the Iowa House voted 62-37 in favor of Joint Resolution 6, the amendment which prohibits same-sex marriage. It is tragic that so many people in our country wish to deny someone from marrying the person they love, and even more tragic that so many of these people do so on their "Christian principles."

The Christian message that resonates within me has always been one of love. Love for God and love for others, without exception.