Dozens of same-sex couples begin applying for marriage today in Iowa and not everyone is pleased. The state's most prominent black pastor and one its leading anti-gay voices promises yet another demonstration. News outlets are quoting Rev. Keith Ratliff's blistering op-ed in the Des Moines Register against gays and marriage equality.
Others may believe any number of things, but everything about homosexuality conflicts with natural law. There is no amount of anger, no level of vocal indignation that can ever change that fact.
Why? To anyone who reads and believes the Bible, there is no room for compromise on the issue of homosexuality. To those who look to "natural law," homosexuality will always be un-natural and un-healthy for a myriad of obvious reasons. Even those who deny God and claim that humanity is the result of evolution understand that homosexuality can never agree with their doctrine of "survival of the fittest." It is for these overwhelmingly obvious reasons that nearly 40 states have passed a Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 30 states passed constitutional amendments, and 70 foreign nations have formally affirmed marriage as between one man and one woman.
The op-ed was co-signed by more than 70 other clergymen, many of whom were Southern Baptist, a denomination which supported slavery for decades and refused to allow black members until only recently. It's also odd that Ratliff looks to "foreign nations" as his assignment desk—many nations that prohibit same-sex marriage allow slavery and/or force citizens to practice a particular faith. These "overwhelmingly obvious" historical facts are lost on the good reverend.
Ratliff chairs the Iowa/Nebraska chapter of the NAACP and his position is at odds with the national leadership, which officially went on the record to opposing California's Proposition 8 and supports equal rights and protections for gays and lesbians.
Timothy Tutt, who is black, gay and an Iowa civil-rights commissioner, says he "used to belong" to the NAACP, reports the Des Moines Register. "I knew our state leader wasn't supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. So I knew I would not feel completely welcome." Tutt believes other black gays and lesbians will stay away from the NAACP for the same reason.
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