by bob county
A letter from Monica Hamkins..
"My name is Monica Hamkins. I'm a proud Mainer, and I'm writing today
because of my daughter.
My husband, Clark, and I have six children. One of our daughters, Melisa,
is a lesbian, Melisa is just as committed to her partner as our married children
are to their husbands and wives.
As a Catholic, I've experienced some conflict about this issue. Despite the
Church's official position, I know the Bible tells me to love God with all my heart,
and to love my neighbor as myself. So what does it mean to love my neighbor?
I think about what my own marriage means to me. I've been married to Clark
for 54 years, and our marriage brings me joy and contentment every day.
Ultimately, how I excercise my conscience is by thinking and praying about
issues and weighing what my faith teaches me with what I experience in the
real world. I can only do what my conscience tells me is right, and I know
that allowing all loving, committed couples to marry is the right thing to do.
I didn't always feel this way. The journey to these feelings took some time
and understanding. But we were all brought up to believe in the Golden Rule:
to treat others as you want to be treated.
Two people in a loving, committed relationship should be able to share in
dignity, support and recognition that only marriage can provide.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
I have voted yes to legalize gay marriages in Maine.
It seems arcane to perpetuate superstitions about same sex relationships.
Honestly, do we need the Bible for our social guide?
Judges 8:30 "Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten:
for he had many wives." Is polygamy legal?
2 Chronicles "Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Abraham above
all of his wives and his concubines." So, having prostitutes is okay?
Leviticus 21:17 forbids the blind, crippled, or bastards from entering the
Temple. These poor souls were to be shunned.
What is it that makes us believe that these pre-modern superstitions
are not ignorance and prejudice?
I wish you luck Monica. Your cause is just, but there are a lot of
Old Testament bigots against you.