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No, I don’t have any dirt on how Nancy and Charissa are treating David and me. I’ve just been reading a little bit about recent events in California. Two items in particular.
First, a poll showed that 54 percent of Californians were in favor of a state constitutional amendment to overturn the recent court decision legalizing “gay marriage.” While I suppose some folks’ reaction would be that that’s a really low number — and other quoted in the article said it will go down even lower — I’m really surprised it’s that high. Bear in mind that’s not the number simply saying “Gay marriage is not okay.” That’s the number who specifically want to see the state constitution amended in order to get rid of it, now that it’s been legalized — a much more concrete action. Especially in a state like California, I never thought more than a majority would support that.
Second, today’s New York Times says David Paterson, the new governor of New York, has ordered state agencies to honor same-sex marriages from out of state. It’s important to note that California is the biggest, and New York the third-largest, state in the Union. These decisions will affect almost 56 million people. Even though they’re only two states out of 50, that’s 18 percent of the nation’s population. Adding in Massachusetts, where a court legalized gay marriage some years ago — but other states were not affected, due to actions taken by Governor Romney — we’re up to 62 million people. These are significant moves indeed.
I suspect some readers — especially, quite frankly, young evangelicals like myself — will have a few objections to what I just wrote. Those would be (1) Californians must be crazy to want to pass such an amendment, (2) California and New York’s moves will affect a few homosexuals, not 56 million people, and (3) what’s the big deal? Over the next few days, I’ll try to answer some of these questions. As I’ve looked at this issue more and more, I’ve struggled with them myself.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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