This is a public response from the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ Church, Lotus Rising Project, Southern Oregon Pride, and Oregon Action.
A Jackson County patrol sergeant said in the Mail Tribune (Nov. 3, 2014) that the gay and lesbian members of our community are “an abomination.”
This follows his public statement a year earlier that personal beliefs, rather than the law and the constitution, would be his governing guide.
Please read the letters that are shown below. And then please do two things…
- Sign the online petition to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters and County Commissioners Doug Breidenthal, John Rachor, and Don Skundrick (all of whom will be in office until January). The online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/public-safety-and-equal-justice, also can be found via SOPride’s Facebook page.
- Forward this appeal to your own email lists and through Facebook and other social media.
As you can see, the petition calls on the sheriff’s department and the county to repudiate those statements and to publicly affirm that the county will value and respect everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, or any other factor.
Without clear public statements from Sheriff Winters and the county commissioners, we are left with the impression that gay and lesbian people who are stopped by sheriffs’ department employees or seek their help cannot assume that their safety and legal rights will be protected.
Thank you for your prompt action.
Letter to the editor published in Medford Mail Tribune, Monday, November 3, 2014
Bible is the guide
This is in response to Noni McCrillis’ (Sept. 25) letter. First, I’d wonder if the writer picks and chooses which parts of the Bible she wants to accept. Second, I’m not, nor are other Christians, trying to run anyone’s life; the Bible should be your guide for a correctly run life.
What I read in the Bible says a man and another man should not even be in the relationship described, calling it an abomination in Leviticus 18:22, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” So forget the issue of whether they should be allowed to be married. Further proof is in Romans 1:27, which states, “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”
So not only is it called an abomination, but unseemly. Like I wrote earlier, the right to marry or the definition of marriage is secondary, two men shouldn’t even be in this un-Biblical relationship.
Dace Cochran, Medford
Letter to the editor published in Medford Mail Tribune, November 3, 2013
Bible’s stance is obvious
This is regarding the letter from the Rev. Caren Caldwell in the Oct. 5 edition. As a minister, I would assume that the writer is familiar with the Bible and the obvious stance it takes on homosexuality.
Twice in Leviticus it is said, essentially, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.” I don’t know how the good Reverend gets around that, other than to say the ceremonies are joy-filled with excited and delighted attendees.
Well, taken to an extreme, let’s have pet owners marry their dog and cat. I’m sure the event would be a happy one with all the proper pomp and circumstance, but that doesn’t make it right and the state of Oregon wouldn’t recognize it.
The same goes for same-sex marriages. They’re wrong no matter how you spin them, recognizing the Bible as the ultimate authority in the matter. So don’t chastise me as unloving or legalistic, unless you can show me in the Bible where you can back your position up. As for my vote, I look forward to my no vote whenever it unfortunately and inevitably comes to that point.
Dace Cochran, Medford