It was extremely disappointing to read in The Sun that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is planning to preside over same-sex marriages on June 16 here in Baltimore ("Mayor will preside over mass wedding of gay couples," May 20). I, and many others, believe her decision to do so speaks volumes about her understanding — or lack of understanding — of the moral issues surrounding same-sex marriages.
As a Christian and trusted political official, she must know the devastating long-range effects of such actions. Much worse is the violation of what is and has always been a sacred institution. While the mayor is indeed entitled to her own opinions, she is not entitled as mayor to make statements or do anything that would be condescending or speak for the people of Baltimore as if they were in agreement. Obviously, while her actions are a matter of prophecy, the church has a responsibility to speak out and discourage such behavior. Notwithstanding, this is not a matter of whose straight or gay, but a redefining of the sacredness of marriage which is a very serious challenge to biblical truth and our spiritual health as a nation.
It is unthinkable as well as unforgivable for this mayor to advocate such marriages even if only for political acceptance. It is wrong, unrighteous, and unacceptable. It is certainly a bold example of biblical defiance in an effort to recreate God and His word. However, because I know she is a caring person who tries to represent all the citizens of Baltimore, this is one issue she should have left to those individual persuasions and not shared her own. Maybe, just maybe, she should rethink her decision and instead champion those issues that will strengthen the moral conduct of our city.
Finally, while I am sure the mayor is a very decent and intelligent person, I am equally sure she is confused. The issue is not simply same-sex marriages but about our condemnation as a people and divine creation. Perhaps a conversation with Gov. Martin O'Malley on the subject wouldn't be a bad idea either.
Rev. Lynwood H. Leverette Sr., Baltimore