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Faith in Lodi and the region Stockton pastor has personal connection to Supreme Court case

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Sharon Henry, associate pastor of Valley Ministries

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Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013 12:00 am

My faith leads me to stand up for the oppressed and the marginalized. It is not my responsibility to impose my morality on anyone, but to share the love of Christ — period.

Jesus, when he quoted from Isaiah, declared he was sent to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom to the prisoners, sight to the blind, and liberation to the oppressed. Not to impose a new code of morality, but to fulfill the law and offer grace.

The vast majority of people who declare opposition to same-sex marriage say they do so for religious reasons. I fear they do so out of ignorance — believing what someone told them the Bible said, not what the Bible actually teaches.

I encourage people to honestly and sincerely seek the truth in the Bible — much like they would when looking at what the Bible says about slavery, gender equality, racial equality and the most basic principles of all — like how to treat each other. That is with love and with love and finally, above all else, with love.

As far as one who is affected by the decisions currently being discussed in the Supreme Court, so many assume that with the protections that have been passed to this point that I, as a same-gender loving woman, and my wife already have the same rights that any other couple does.

My wife is a federal employee. Currently, I cannot be on her health insurance plan, even though we were legally married in the state of California. If, God forbid, she were to die today, although I have worked for and paid for our mortgage since its inception, I would likely lose our house because I would not be able to afford the estate tax. These are just a couple points of inequality among a host of many.

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