November 1, 2006
"I find it morally reprehensible that we are trying to write into the constitution an attempt to discriminate and to stigmatize some portion of the population," Chairman Murray Milner said.
If approved, the ban would limit marriage recognized by the Commonwealth to that of a man and a woman, keeping those in same sex relationships unable to receive the rights and benefits of traditional married couples.
"This should be encouraged, this is an affirmation of family values, not a negation of it," Milner continued.
However, Dr. Sadler of First Baptist Church said in no way should religious leaders interpret the Bible to be in favor of same sex marriage.
"The Bible is very clear that marriage is between a man and a woman and that has been truth from the very beginning and now we're trying to create truth," Dr. Sadler said.
With the lines now blurred as to how religion should play into yet another political issue, those promoting more traditional ideals said it's nothing new
"It's just another indication of how our country has gone to a world view, of a man-centered country instead of a God-centered country," Dr. Sadler said.
Those religious leaders in attendance also said that they feel this amendment would do nothing to strengthen the institution of marriage, instead it would create a form of bigotry and discrimination.