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Letter: Attacks on marriage

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the barrage of attacks appearing in Wednesday’s paper on the Protection of Marriage initiative that will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot as Proposition 2. As I read these philosophies of many, my thoughts turned to the scriptures where I found in Colossians 2:8 something that put these letters into perspective. It reads, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

This proposition adds just 18 words to the Nevada State Constitution that reads, “Only a marriage between a male and female person shall be recognized and given effect in this state.” I support this proposition, not to legislate morality, but to prevent the legislation of immorality.

For too long, I have sat on the sidelines and watched the subtle craftiness of men attempt to deceive the pure in heart and pervert those values that are most precious. We have seen by sad experience that our society follows a process of perversion that begins with abhorring wickedness; but, in the guise of tolerance, accepts it; then, in the guise of enlightenment, embraces it.

I, too, love America and the rights that we enjoy. But, please, let us not hide behind the rights afforded us without first recognizing our responsibility to defend the moral principles upon which those rights were built. Our currency bears the phrase, “In God We Trust” and out Declaration of Independence concludes with, “And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” A quote by Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, stands as a sad indictment of American values, “You use the name of Deity in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States, and yet you cannot use it in the schoolroom.” We, as a society, are slowly and steadily turning our back on the God who gave us life and liberty.

Marriage, since time began, has been defined as a union between a man and a woman. Despite Mr. Christensen’s dissertation on the differences between “family forms” and “family values,” family is central to the Creator’s plan of happiness and begins with the marriage between a man and a woman. Violation of these covenants has already brought upon us the “calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.” One only needs to read the newspaper to see this. The family, with its divine purpose, is the fundamental unit of society – strengthen the family and we strengthen society as a whole.

It is my prayer that like-minded individuals will flock to the polls on Nov. 7 and, with a loud, united voice, proclaim that we still hold true those time-honored and divinely inspired principles that founded this great nation.

Gregory A. Marangi

Gardnerville

Oct. 25