Popular vote not the way to decide marriage issue

Lately, local radio has been running ads or public service announcements urging Hawaii citizens to contact their legislators to call for another vote on “the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.” Various pastors warn the citizens that we should not allow this issue to be decided by the courts.

This is like telling President Abraham Lincoln that the people of Alabama or Mississippi should vote on slavery.

Some issues must never be left to the popular vote. Like the burning of witches.

The radio messages speak of the sacredness of marriage between a man and a woman. Have these men not heard that half the marriages end in divorce? To be kind, one might estimate that, including divorces and infidelities, perhaps 70 percent of all marriages include broken vows. This doesn’t sound very sacred or binding to me.

The pastors, as pseudo-religious leaders have for thousands of years, implicate God in their opinions. Worse yet, they implicate God in decisions written by men centuries ago. Churchmen always look back; wise men look to the future.

By the way, seeing there are hundreds of various denominations and churches and billions of people who worship at different altars to different gods, one wonders why the Christian God has not been able to consolidate people under one banner. Marriage to his church seems to be in more trouble than human marriage.

Raphael O’Suna