As summer draws to a close, one of the most divisive issues of the day is same-sex marriage. One's sexual orientation - gay or straight - is no one's business but that person's. Helping to preserve the sacred traditional marriage between man and woman is my business. It seems we continue to reinvent some issues so that we can approve the needs and wants of some groups of our society.

Politics is a game of compromise. It appears that some politicians and the gay community could not accept compromise. A compromise of civil unions with rights just wasn't good enough. They have thrown the sacred act of marriage between man and woman out the window to appease a small percentage of our society. This issue passed by only seven votes in the State Senate and a five to four ruling in the Supreme Court. This was not a mandate. The Minnesota for Marriage group spent $200,000 while the opposing side spent $2 million to get their message out. It seems if you spend enough money and are vocal enough, you'll get your way. This issue should never have been thrown into the political arena.

There are a number of references on this issue in the Bible. Leviticus 18:12 and 20:13 are only a couple of them. Are we going to change some of the commandments like honoring your mother and father and make it plural? Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife/wives or husband(s)? Will we vote on legalization of polygamy next, based on love and rights? It seems we continually modify our standards to appease certain groups. Heaven forbid, we don't want to offend anybody. As another editorialist stated, we are to reform our lives to the Gospel, not reform the Gospel to our lives. I think we all grew up thinking, "be fruitful and multiply." We all know the only way that can be done.

Other questions remain. If a church, event center, photographer, band, or any place of business refuses to participate in a gay marriage, will they be open for a lawsuit? The door has been opened, which could create even more controversial issues later.

Unfortunately, compromise wasn't to be a part of this issue. Acceptance, respect of differences, and compromise is part of our makeup, but certain standards need to be upheld.

Nathan Davidson,

Grand Meadow