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Tell Me Again Why Same-Sex Marriage is BadRod Driver Ph.D Salem-News.com
Rod's statement to the RI Senate Judiciary Committee from March 21.
(RICHMOND, RI) - I’ve heard many reasons why same-sex marriage is bad – and I’m still confused.
The bible itself contradicts the argument that God required marriage to be “between one man and one woman.” Many men in the bible had multiple wives. Solomon held the record with 700 wives and 300 concubines. God offered to give David more wives if the ones he had were insufficient.
Talk of marriage as a “holy institution” is comical in Rhode Island. Neither church nor clergy is required to “join persons in marriage.” A long list of authorized people (at RIGL 15-3-5) includes judges, magistrates, clerks and secretaries. Actually anyone else can also perform a marriage if he or she gets a bill passed under the heading “solemnization of marriage.” When I was in the RI House we passed hundreds of such bills, authorizing a specific individual to join specific persons in marriage on a specific day. I didn’t know the people being “ordained”– or even whether they were adults or U.S. citizens.
In the first three months of 2013 more than 60 such bills have been introduced in the General Assembly. Why are there no objections from those concerned about the “sanctity” of marriage?
It is also emphasized that marriage is all about procreation. Hence only a man and a woman may marry – because other couples can’t procreate. Well my wife and I are 80 and our children are in their 50s. So we’re unlikely to be doing any more procreating.
Should our marriage now be nullified?
Rod Driver studied engineering and mathematics at the University of Minnesota, receiving a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1960. He worked at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque for six years before taking a teaching position at the University of Rhode Island for 30 years. Rod says he became a 'peacenik' in 1951 (thanks to a few weeks on Pariss Island). He became particularly active in opposition to U.S. wars in Indochina and U.S. involvement in overthrowing governments and supporting dictators in Latin America and Iran. As the Vietnam war was winding down Rod began paying attention to the abuse of Palestinians - enabled with U.S. weapons and dollars, which has never stopped. Rod is the founder and president of the non-profit Justice First Foundation.
In Rhode Island Rod was an elected delegate to the state constitutional convention of 1986, Then he was elected a state representative for 10 years. At this time he is not in office. You can write to Rod Driver at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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