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Dear Editor,

On October 5th, my wife and I were among several residents of the Philip area who attended a “Stand for the Family Rally” in Rapid City. This rally featured Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family. It was reported that there were nearly 7,000 there. These rallies are an attempt to wake up the sleeping majority of Christians to the crisis facing our nation with a threat of the chaotic destruction of the institution of marriage and the family unit which has been the foundation, under God, of our nation’s moral fiber and culture.

The thrust of these rallies is to get Christians out to vote – to get responsible folks in Congress who will not bury their heads in the sand for political reasons. We need to stop those few judges and justices from legislating law. We need to restore the system of checks and balances with the three branches of our government. At the rally, we were each given a packet on voter registration and ways to encourage others to vote. Also included in those packets was a book written by James Dobson entitled Marriage Under Fire. I highly recommend this book.

Dobson lists 10 rational reasons why the institution of marriage should remain as a union between one man and one woman. Some reasons are Biblical and some are sociological; all with a deep concern for our children and future generations. Christians don’t hate gay people; we only object to gay behavior as being contrary to Biblical Christianity. Sin and sinful behavior is to be condemned. People are to captured for Christ and saved; freed from sinful behavior. That goes for all of us.

It has been suggested that this rally was just another political move of the Conservative Republicans. The reason given was that the timing now indicates a political motive. I agree, it has become a political issue, but it was a moral issue long before now. It became a political issue only because the ACLU, a few liberal judges, liberal law makers, and the gay activists have made it so.

Some have expressed confidence in the Definition of Marriage clauses that have passed in some state legislatures, including South Dakota, as an addendum to state constitutions. Those clauses are being challenged as federally unconstitutional with the contention that the laws of one state must be honored by the other states. In other words, gay marriages made lawful in one state must be accepted as legitimate in all states. Gay activists have a far reaching agenda that goes way beyond legal gay marriage. Again, I recommend Dobson’s book.

We need to settle this issue once and for all with the Federal Marriage Amendment to be a part of the U.S. Constitution defining marriage as a union only between one man and one woman. Required for amending the U.S. constitution is a two-thirds majority of both houses of Congress and passage by three-fourths of the state legislatures. That is a formidable task, but by the efforts of God-fearing morally responsible federal and state legislators, it can be done.

/s/ Loren E. Kiel

Loren E. Kiel

Quinn, SD 57775