Regarding the May 31 letter “We must serve all”: The writer stated that “none of us should be allowed to discriminate in the services we offer.” This is true, but one must consider the importance of definitions.
Discrimination is defined as treating different groups of people unjustly or unfairly. This definition implies that discrimination is fueled by hatred.
This is not the case with magistrates who choose to opt out of performing gay marriages. If a Christian magistrate decides not to perform such a ceremony, it is because the Bible defines marriage as a sacred bond between one man and one woman, not because he or she hates those with homosexual attractions.
If a doctor or a teacher refuses to serve a patient or a student, that is wrong. No one disputes the definition of a patient or a student.
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However, marriage is being redefined and unjustly forced upon Christians. It is a matter of definition, not hatred.
Choosing not to perform a gay marriage is not discrimination, but rather a loving commitment to follow the will of God. As St. Peter and the apostles once said, “We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29).”