Crossroads residents respond to Texas judge's ruling on gay marriage ban
Feb. 26, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 26, 2014 at 8:27 p.m.
San Antonio federal Judge Orlando Garcia temporarily overturned a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas. The Advocate asked residents to weigh in on Garcia's Wednesday ruling.
For most churches, it's not going to make a difference one way or another. Churches that would perform ceremonies for same-sex couples were doing it before the ruling will keep doing it. And churches that were not doing them because of what Scripture says about homosexuality still will not perform them. But this is not about marriage; this is about acceptance. It does not matter what a judge or a legislator does or any law that is written, many people still will not accept it.
The Rev. Bard Letsinger, Renegade Church, Victoria
It's great. Equality under the law is a principle of liberty. I just wish they had ruled the government has no place in marriage at all - whether it's sanctioning it, tax benefits for it or involved in the ending of one.
Travis Smith, Victoria
I do believe in what the Bible says about homosexuality being a sin, but I do not believe in forcing my theological convictions into legislation.
The Rev. Jonathan Carmona, Jerusalem Family Praise Center, Victoria
I don't look to my government to evangelize to the world. Whether our Supreme Court or even our president is moving in this direction doesn't change my thoughts on it. All it does is push me to put the Gospel out even more. I think the government is having to make up for where the churches have failed to evangelize. The more we become negligent as Christians, the government will have to stretch from its original views to compensate. But other than that, it doesn't affect me whatsoever. I'm an advocate for freedom for all; that's what I'm for. I don't believe that any person should be treated differently because he wishes to do something unseemly in his bedroom. They should all be loved. Nothing any person has ever done has ever caught God by surprise. I have a love for all. I don't love them because I agree with all of them. I love them because my God instructs me to. And they're welcome in my church.
The Rev. Montari Morrison, Greater Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Victoria
We're still a long way from marriage equality in Texas, but I think the tide is turning. This is just one more little move forward. My denomination will not allow me to perform same-sex unions, but I can understand where they're coming from. The people who take the Bible literally; I can understand their opposition to it. They're trying to legislate morality. They're trying to legislate their moral viewpoint.
The Rev. David King, United Methodist Church, Palacios
As a lesbian, I am pleased to know that Texas is one step closer. It's sad that I have had to plan a wedding in New York because I cannot legally marry the love of my life in the state in which I live. I'm grateful that Texas is making progress.
Misty Johnson, Victoria
Basically, the morality of this issue is not the question. The question is whether the government has a right to legalize someone else's moral values. I feel that it is unconstitutional. Everyone has a right to their morals, but the state doesn't have a right to force me to live by someone else's opinion.
Matthew Moscatelli, Victoria native, Austin resident