May 02, 2008

Seminary President Testifies Against Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Dr. Riess V. Potterveld, president of gay-affirming Lancaster Theological Seminary, testified in a hearing in the Pennsylvania state legislature concerning a ballot measure to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

From the Lancaster New Era:

"Clearly, what is proposed in Senate Bill 1250 is a step backward into language of denial, devaluing, delegitimizing and in its simple wording, in my opinion, conceals a wellspring of toxic and prejudicial feeling," testified Riess W. Potterveld, president of Lancaster Theological Seminary.

"The text is not neutral but rather agressive in its language of invalidation. This would be a step back into what I will call 'worst public practices'; because it is essentially about the restriction of rights, the enforcement of inquality without any basis other than fear, prejudice and hostility," he said, according to prepared remarks provided to the New Era."

...To be honest, I cannot think of one good thing that would come from passage of this amendment; my hope is that reason will prevail and that the measure will be defeated," said Potterveld, the only local speaker.

I found this to be a very well spoken arguement against this measure, with a little added kick from the fact that it came from an ordained minister (United Church of Christ).

We need even more men like Dr. Potterveld to step forward and make this same arguement.

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