Letter: Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined

Sims writes, "Marriage is an institution created by God. It was his plan for mankind from the very beginning and therefore only God has the authority to modify it."

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The House of Representatives recently passed the Respect for Marriage Act enacted to codify same-sex marriage into federal law. The law does not “respect” marriage – it actually destroys it. By including interracial marriage (a non-issue) in the law, the devious Democratic Party shielded their real intent. Columnist Mike McFeely also wants you to believe the Republicans are against interracial marriage.

McFeely infers that a major faction of the GOP “wants to govern through the Bible to impose its Christian quote-unquote morals on the nation so that God can rule.” I would like to enlighten him that our moral framework comes from God because we were made in his image and likeness. Any other morality is subjective which I believe is the real reason the world (and our country) is in the mess we are now in.

The Respect for Marriage Act is a good example of subjective morality – the redefining of marriage. Marriage is an institution created by God. It was his plan for mankind from the very beginning and therefore only God has the authority to modify it.

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Sims writes, "Our children would be so much better off if we allowed prayer and faith in our schools. They should be taught our religious traditions and customs and even the Ten Commandments. Why has God been censored from our schools? Secularism gives our children nothing - no principles, no faith, no morals."

Marriage forms the bedrock of civilization. It forms the family unit. It is how God intended us to “be fruitful and multiply.” Even if you don’t adhere to biblical teachings, there is no disputing nature’s means of procreation.

This radical legislation will nullify the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defined marriage for federal purposes as between one man and one woman. This bill was overwhelmingly supported by many Democrats, including Sens. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer. So what changed their minds today? Truth does not evolve nor is it defined by public opinion.


The Respect for Marriage Act will force all Americans to recognize the union between any two people, regardless of sex, as marriage. It will label anyone who disagrees with it as radicals and extremists due to their deeply held religious beliefs. In my opinion, changing the oldest institution in the history of God’s created world to fit today’s lifestyle is “radical and extremist.”

The Supreme Court also does not have the power or the authority to change the meaning or the definition of what God intended marriage to be. The phrase “marriage equality” is not found in the Constitution. Congress also cannot change God’s natural law by enacting the Respect for Marriage Act. Equal protection under the law can be accomplished without redefining marriage.

Evangelist Billy Graham once said, “The Bible is clear - God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.” Humans can only define (or redefine) things they create. We don’t have the authority to change what God has created. Marriage should be reinforced, not redefined.

Ken Sims lives in Moorhead.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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