Marriage definition evolves yet again
The Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act has evoked both jubilation and despair, optimism and anger – and a lack of biblical knowledge.
Some local clergy and others have referred to marriage as a God-given ordination of one man and one woman. Well, my Bible has no mention of marriage. It does refer to kings and nobles with many wives and it does lay a blot on homosexuality.
While we are beyond homophobia and polygamy, we do have marriage but it’s not God-given.
Politicians and clergy have referred to the institution of marriage as unchanged for thousands of years. Actually, romance didn’t exist until medieval times. Many unions in the 1500s were without witness or ceremony. Disturbed by this, the Council of Trent in 1563 decreed that marriage should be celebrated in the presence of a priest and at least two witnesses.
By the nineteenth century, the purpose of marriage began to shift. Although procreation and extended family remained significant, marriage was beginning to be redefined as a contract between two adults, pledging to build a life together on the basis of conjugal love and a desire for companionship.
I know that marriage rights for same-sex couples raise difficult questions for some, but I have great faith in the American people. Almost every step we have taken to advance civil rights has shaken our world a little at first – until we saw that bringing more people into America’s embrace of equality for all strengthens us all. The same is true for marriage equality
LEONARD GOLDSTEIN Fort Wayne
Celebrities’ wise words on handling money
The July-August 2013 issue of the Wall Street Journal Magazine has a great cover article on The Wisdom of Woody Allen. He gave great advice about all of my Wall Street investments: It’s all OK to be paranoid if they are really after you.
My other good financial adviser is Yogi Berra, who said: Cash is just as good as money.
GENE D. ROBERTSON Fort Wayne
Duck race a success thanks to many helpers
A big thank you to the many people in the community who helped make the 25th annual Weigand Construction Duck Race to Benefit SCAN a great success. Thanks to the hundreds of people who sponsored ducks that raced in the St. Joe River on June 15 and to the many individual and corporate race sponsors who provided $250 or more in sponsorship. Thanks to the volunteers who helped number duckies prior to the race and to those who helped on race day, in particular, R.E. Crosby & Sons Construction, Don R. Fruchey, Inc., the Fort Wayne Fire Department and Fort Wayne Water Department, as well as SCAN board members.
Thanks also to the generous donors who gave prizes won by the sponsors of the fastest duckies, including $5,000 cash donated by Weigand Construction, $1,000 cash donated by an anonymous individual and $500 cash donated by Strahm Building Solutions. A list of all winners and all other prize donors can be found at www.scanfw.org.
The duck race generated more than $166,000 in funding to support SCAN’s programs and services that prepare parents and protect children in 19 counties. Thank you to all.
RACHEL TOBIN-SMITH Executive director SCAN, Inc. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) Fort Wayne