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Church Members Fasting For Traditional Marriage in Virginia

Opponents of same-sex marriage plan "40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance on Marriage."

Opponents of same-sex marriage plan "40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance on Marriage."
Opponents of same-sex marriage plan "40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance on Marriage."
Religious groups in Virginia opposed to same-sex marriage are planning to fast for the 40 days prior to the next Supreme Court session.

A federal judge invalidated Virginia's gay marriage ban earlier this year, and oral arguments are expected May 13 in a Richmond appeals court. The ban remains in place while the appeals court considers the case.

In a message on it's website, The Family Foundation, based in Richmond, noted similar lower-court action has struck down bans in other states in the last few months, and that the case will likely end up in front of the nation's highest court.

"In the natural, it looks like a David vs. Goliath battle. The federal government, the news media, Hollywood, the public education system and big business all are arrayed on the side of same-sex 'marriage,'” the statement reads. "Only the church stands in support of God’s design for marriage."

The group notes the participants would abstain from some regular activity for those 40 days. The Family Foundation is recruiting churches to take part in the fasting.

Writing in her decision in February, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen gave a forceful condemnation of the state's same-sex marriage ban.

"Tradition is revered in the Commonwealth, and often rightly so," she wrote. "However, tradition alone cannot justify denying same-sex couples the right to marry any more than it could justify Virginia's ban on interracial marriage."
Beverly Argenbright May 02, 2014 at 05:30 PM
This is really a legal issue not a religious one. Leave religion out of the issuance of licenses. Churches do not have to marry same sex couples if they do not approve.
Leatherneck May 02, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Hey Vincent--who is forcing you to believe in what? Keep filling your face with food! And oh by the way, since you're probably not really a Christian, please look up the word "sharia" before you stupidly throw it around in your vocabulary.
Tom Osborne May 02, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Patty, you sure do a lousy job of making your case. Genesis 1:27-28 makes no mention of marriage whatsoever. It says God made both male and female, and it says for humans to "be fruitful and multiply" but it doesn't make that commandment for each and every human being -- if you think that's what it meant, they why aren't you equally vocal condemning sexual abstinence, since it also doesn't result in humans multiplying? Likewise Genesis 2:22-25 and Matthew 19:4-6 -- very good references for what your God intends for heterosexual couples, but clearly NOT commands that every man should marry a woman, or even that he should be married to only one woman. The problem with your "thinking" -- if it can be called that -- is that you suppose those who support same-sex marriage are OPPOSED to traditional marriage. In fact, those on your side go out of your way to perpetuate that lie (What about "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor, huh?") No, it's not INSTEAD OF traditional monogamous heterosexual marriage, it's IN ADDITION TO it. For those whom God created as homosexual. I can tell you with absolute certainty that there is NOTHING in the Bible that condemns same-sex marriage, and the only group of humans that are specifically commanded to have "one wife" are bishops, which would clearly indicate that priestly celibacy is sinful. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, all you fundamentalist Catholics! And for the fundamentalist Protestants, let me ask a question: in the book you worship and throw around quotes from like ketchup (the Bible) containing more than 31,000 verses, why is it that topics you consider "fundamental" to your "faith" -- opposition to abortion and opposition to same-sex marriage -- aren't mentioned even once? On what basis do you deem that the half-dozen verses which seem to condemn homosexuality are more important to your belief system than all of the recorded words of Jesus himself combined? I think if you want to know what the historical Jesus would have thought of you, you need go no further than Matthew 23 (the entire Chapter).
Vincent Careatti May 02, 2014 at 06:26 PM
Very aptly said
Diana May 03, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Instead of starving themselves-write letter and speak up!

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