‘Ex-Gay’ Pastor: God Gets to Decide Marriage Issue

Stephen Bennett, an “ex-gay” pastor and activist, went on Jan Markell’s Understanding the Times radio show this week and said that “anyone with a brain” knows that homosexuality is wrong and that the government doesn’t get to decide whether gay people can get married, God does.

“They’re basically marching in with their fist shaking, saying, ‘We demand equality, homosexuality is equivalent to heterosexuality.’ Folks, it is not, anyone with a brain realizes it is not equal,” he said. “People have strayed so far away from God’s design of marriage. Marriage isn’t to be decided by a government or judges or courts, this is God, God is the one who designed this.”

I’m sorry, you seem to have mistaken the United States for ancient Israel. That was a theocracy, this is a limited democracy. And since marriage is, in fact, a legal designation, the government does get to decide such things whether you like it or not. You might as well declare that leprechauns or unicorns get to decide the matter.

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  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    God does! And he appears to have referred it to the supreme court.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …’anyone with a brain’ knows that homosexuality is wrong and that the government doesn’t get to decide whether gay people can get married, God does.

    God does. Article Six, Clause 2. The Supremacy Clause. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

     

    You might as well declare that leprechauns or unicorns get to decide the matter.

    And good luck getting leprechauns to agree on anything!

  • Chiroptera

    “Marriage isn’t to be decided by a government or judges or courts, this is God, God is the one who designed this.”

    Well, since it is an indisputable fact that gays in the US (at least some states) can get married, I guess this means that God is pretty okay with it.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Great. So God shows up by the deadline; let’s say the end of September 2014, with a clearly worded ruling in His own hand, or else we proceed without Him. I will not accept a substitute such the unGodly Stephen Bennett; this has to be God himself.

  • John Pieret

    Marriage isn’t to be decided by a government or judges or courts

    But, no doubt, he will tell you at great length and with much fervor how much he loves the Constitution!

  • D. C. Sessions

    If God wants to have a say in the matter, he’s going to have to get off his lazy butt and show up in Court to present his case. And even that may not be good enough.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Marriage isn’t to be decided by a government or judges or courts, this is God, God is the one who designed this.

    Where do you think the governments and judges and courts came from? GOD!!!

    Checkmate, goddists.

  • D. C. Sessions

    And good luck getting leprechauns to agree on anything!

    What do you expect from a bunch of Irish Jews?

  • Loqi

    I’d be willing to overlook the unconstitutionality of that if god appears personally and makes it so. Hell, I’d even accept him “miraculously” appearing on toast, as long as he appears with a speech bubble clearly detailing the new law in unabiguous language.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    You might as well declare that leprechauns or unicorns get to decide the matter.

    Well, if that controversy does pop-up, I’m on the side of the leprechauns and unicorns.