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Lodi-area residents react to Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage

Supporters rejoice while opponents voice their frustration over decisions

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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 10:34 am, Thu Jun 27, 2013.

Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions striking down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and dismissing California’s Proposition 8 appeal brought celebration to some Lodi-area residents — and disappointment to others.

The San Joaquin Pride Center conducted a celebration Wednesday night at Stockton’s Victory Park, while others lamented that the Supreme Court is striking down how God has instructed people to act.

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  • Raphael Pazo posted at 12:55 am on Fri, Jun 28, 2013.

    Rabbi Dr Raphael Pazo Posts: 3

    Thank you for correcting my quote. It now reads, "You CAN NOT hides behind the skirts of religion".

    Proponents of amending our State Constitution (Prop 8) had one goal: to deliberately deny a specific group of citizens of rights by a plebiscite that never passed the litmus test of being constitutional. Supporters went through extraordinary efforts to promote their agenda by holding meetings with religious leaders and congregations sympathetic to their cause. In many instances they resorted to disseminating misinformation, employing fear tactics in order to get an edge over those who oppose it.

    Whether one supports or opposes the repeal of this flawed attempt to amend the State constitution, it behooves anyone taking a position on this matter to clearly articulate their view point in an intelligible manner. The current debate demonstrates that "Bible thumping", preaching and pontificating are counterproductive, particularly when opposing parties do not share the same belief and dispute the interpretation of scriptures. In the end, credibility is the casualty.

    The uneasy and incestuous relation between religious leaders who seek to effectuate social change from behind the pulpit, should be equally willing to give up any preferential tax status as religious entities; after all, the DO seek to deny rights to anyone who doesn't share their beliefs. If history teaches anything it is that when we allow the right of some to be curtailed and trampled, the denial of rights of others will soon follow. Unconstitutional state-sponsored discrimination is tyranny.

    Belief in what you must and enjoy the religious you so cherish. Remember the many who donned the uniform to protect the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
    One's liberties end the instant they infringe on the liberties of others.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 3:59 pm on Thu, Jun 27, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Interesting commentary from local religious leaders, especially Rabbi Pazo and Rev. Miller. I think most have a good perspective on the difference between social practices and organized religion - something our Constitution made perfectly clear.

    It is really insulting to think that, with all the strife that has gone on in the world, religious or otherwise, and all of the horrendous events our country has been associated with, that one pastor believes that God is counting down "strikes" (a BASEBALL metaphor, btw, that I don't think God would deign to use) against the United States and its people. If so, why did this pastor NOT include slavery, at least, as one of this country's GREATEST sins?

    And since comments were not allowed on this pastor's letter in the Religion section several weeks ago, I would like to correct his assertion that NYC schools will be passing out RU486 (the abortion pill) to students.

    INCORRECT!!! They ARE considering allowing certain schools to give students access to the "Plan B - Morning After Pill" which is NOT the abortion pill.

    The promulgation of this type of falsehood is reckless and inflammatory and only leads to the ignorance of those who wouldn't dare dispute or verify it because they trust the source.



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