Daughter hopes moms will be able to marry

All 9-year-old Mercedes wants for Christmas is to one day witness her two loving parents marry each other
Andy Ouriel
Nov 24, 2012

All 9-year-old Mercedes wants for Christmas is to one day witness her two loving parents marry each other.
It's really a simple, selfless wish, considering most children her age desire electronics or toys this holiday season.
The request also seems reasonable — she lives with both her mothers, who provide ample love to Mercedes, her sister, Mandela, 8, and the four dogs and five cats inside their quaint Anita Drive home.
In fact, Mercedes has already envisioned the wedding between mothers Beca Dickerson and Lindsay Roth-Carson.
She planned the entire ceremony, from sketching vibrant floral arrangements to measuring the length of her mothers' veils.
She has even decided what to wear on the glorious day: An elegant, floor-length, white and pink dress she frequently throws on anytime someone discusses marriage in front of her.
"They should get married because they are beautiful and meant for each other," Mercedes said.
Like many romance novels, however — outlining the perils of star-crossed lovers — Dickerson and Roth-Carson experience real adversity from those who ridicule their love.
"I can't carry pictures of my family in the car," Dickerson said. "When my children become teenagers, I wonder, 'Wll she get beat up because they has two mothers?' We shouldn't have to worry."
Marriage is basically defined as a sacred union between two people who want to make their partnership exclusive and recognized for legal purposes.
By that definition, any union of two people — two men, two women, or a man and a women — should qualify for marriage.
But in 41 of 50 states, the government prohibits a union between same-sex couples.
"Getting married is a human right," Roth-Carson said. "It's not a straight right. It's not a gay right. We're not expecting people to bow down on the streets to us, but we want to be like everyone else and have the same rights as everyone else."

 

Read the full story in Saturday's Register.

Comments

mikeylikesit

nothing like messing up a good relationship with a legal and binding contract..

mrlizzzard

End the gay marriage legislation.In fact end state marriages.A marriage is a union of three God,and two other people..The state isn't God so therefore use the term civil union,or domestic partner between any couple and the state.Once the couple is recognized by the state,if they wish to marry more power to them.This is simply the separation of church and state.Just like the Constitution demands

Long live marriage the spiritual union according to ones faith.The state union would regulate,property insurances finances.

SamAdams

EXACTLY. How is it that something so patently obvious — a religion's own right to freely dispense or deny sacraments according to its own beliefs — could get so mucked up? Oh, yeah. Government involvement. Figures.

real talk

Your first problem is thinking that there is a god. Once you get past that delusion many things fix themselves

wiredmama222

Really? How interesting. I never thought that God was a delusion, but to each his own I guess.

Brick Hamland

good point Mr. Lizzard. Once the government provides specific benefits for civil unions/married couples it should not prohibit who can marry/ civil union. If my wife and i get a tax break for being "married" then that tax break should be available to all who marry. I agree about drawing a difference between getting married in the church (no tax benefit as that is a sacrament in the church) and a civil union. If you want to enjoy both the sacrament or marriage and the legal benefits of a civil union then have two ceremonies... good point Mr. Lizzard thanks for your insight.

verdict

There is a way to satisfy both sides of this debate (assuming they are being reasonable) and it is really very simple.

If we remove the term "Marriage" from all legal documents and proceedings and replace it with "Domestic Partnership" (for ALL couples, INCLUDING heteros), we could grant the same legal benefits to all couples WITHOUT instigating this argument any further. If we are adults, then we should be able to accomplish this.
It could go something alone the lines of "After much deliberation, Congress has come to the agreement that government should not be defining what marriage is or is not. We feel that this should be left to the people."
As for the technical side of things, it is as simple as using the "Find and Replace" function in a word processor. Type "Marriage" into the "Find" field, and type "Domestic Partnership" into the "Replace With" field..and hit "Enter."

You may be asking how this would all play out. The answer to that is just as simple.
The legal side of these things would stay on the legal side..and the cultural side of these things would stay on the personal side of things.
Any person may take part in the legal side of things, if they wish..or not. Any person may also take part in a cultural ceremony, if they wish..or not.
There are already a number of cultural organizations who DO perform ceremonies for ALL couples. There is no need for either side to let it upset them that some cultures will not perform a ceremony for them.

As per our freedom of speech, people may call themselves "married" or whatever they wish..there would just be no "legal" recognition of the term.
The important thing is that all couples would have their legal benefits and, even now, they are already free to refer to themselves as "married" whenever and wherever they wish.

Consider if Ohio were the first state to implement this idea. We would be pioneers..to boldly go where no state seemed to even CONSIDER going before!

Most Wanted

Verdict, very well said...although I would be grandfathered as "married", I would gladly change the paper work if it would end this nonsense. I think back to 1974 when it became legal for a woman to get a loan without a man co-signing for her! It's about equality for all people, not your personal beliefs.

DGMutley

Now why should a couple have to say "we're in a domestic partnership" rather than just saying "we are married"?

Who am I or who is anyone, for that matter, to say who can or cannot get married?
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Btw, nice couple. Best of luck!

verdict

Are you referring to my solution above?
It merely says that legal documents would use the term. People can call themselves whatever they want, obviously.
This way, boh sides get the same legal benefits AND neither side gets upset about an "official" definition of "marriage" that they do not agree with. All people can define that for themselves..in their own lives.

Wait. Were you implying that we should force all churches to perform ceremonies for homosexual couples? I hope not. The whole point of my solution was to satisfy both sides of the argument..not to escalate the situation by favoring one side over the other.

If, however, you are merely hoping to change the world's view as a whole..that would take time. I think it is best, from a legal standpoint, to leave it where I have left it..and let nature take it's course. If it is meant to be (the world accepting it, I mean), then someday it will.

wiredmama222

DGMutley....it isn't often that I agree with what you say, but on this one it is 100%. Couldn't have said it better if I tried all day. Good for you.

thinkagain

There is One who has every right to say and He has made it very clear.
Matthew 19:4-6
Romans 1:26-27
Show true love for your neighbor and take a stand for those things God’s Word tells us are good and true — like His design for marriage.

JMOP

Your right. I wish people would realize marriage is between a man and a woman.
The only recongontion would be from the government, if the government allows them to marry, because god would never declare it a marriage.

Second Opinion

Homosexuals make up less than 2% of the population but with all the press coverage the general public erroneously believes that the number is over 35% (Gallop).

Again, people have to make a choice in life, to follow one's own non disciplined desires and unrestrained lusts whether it be straight or twisted, OR follow the dictates of the Scriptures. Each individual must also decide if they trust their eternal destination with tear producing articles of an 8 year old and a newspaper who supports its writers to specifically state that God has no say in the matter of fornication or adultery, OR to follow the warnings and teachings of the Bible.

Here's what scripture teaches,

""Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."" 1 Cor 6

The Register headline uses CHRISTMAS in connection of legalization of homosexual marriage which is a twisting and distortion of the Bible, BUT NEVER checks with the Christians or the Bible to complete their reporting, who gave the Register the RIGHT TO DISTORT our religion and insult all Christianity?

Bluto

So, female prostitutes are cool with God ? Any how, it all makes sense now . The kingdom of God will have a lot of open real estate :P

Second Opinion

Proverbs answers your questions in detail. Prostitution is classified as a murderous act, if not physically in most certainly spiritually.

"the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life"

"for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well."

And your somewhat correct about the Kingdom: Matthew 7

"21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

But it won't be barren: Reve 7:9
"After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands."

SamAdams

I won't argue your citation of Scripture. That being said, not all churches adhere to all of the tenets of Scripture, and others interpret things differently. The point here isn't to change YOUR faith or that of anybody else. It's to allow others the same freedoms to practice THEIR faith as you have to practice YOURS.

Second Opinion

You ignore the fact that its NOT their right to 'interpret' scripture. Words have specific meanings, such as "DO NOT commit' adultery or fornication. Or what about "A man shall NOT lye with another man as he would a woman",there isn't anything there to 'interpret'. What you should be saying is they refuse to submit to God's authority and deny His commands. There are other verses that support the fact that this IS what the scriptures teach. This rubbish of YOUR FAITH is a cop out to be a self appointed administrator of what one wants to be truth without regard to those which are written in scripture. This is why we are told to "CHOOSE this day whom you will serve", those using these silly arguments have sadly made their choice.

car 54

Good luck ladies!

Kimo

Gay marriage and marijuana were recently legalized on the same day. It makes sense now.

Leviticus 20:13 - "If a man lays with another man, he should be stoned."
“If a woman lays with another woman, she should be stoned.”

We've just been interpreting it wrong all these years.

Taxed Enough Already

lol Kimo...I love it!

CAST THE FIRST STONE

funny stuff kimo..i like everyone else that says anything about gay people have to say first we are not bad people. because that is always an easy excuse to not listen to my side. My first thought was looking at the picture. This young girl has only seen that women with women is normal. Will she feel abnormal if she is not gay. No matter how much they will say liking boys is o.k. she will be groomed otherwise. If everyone was gay the earth would end in approx 90 years. How could that be

Second Opinion

It doesn't matter what people think concerning gays, fornicators or adulterers are good or bad people. What IS IMPORTANT is what God thinks and commands and everything else is of NO importance.

“ A person will say, 'I have the right to do anything I want” —but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]

18 FLEE FROM SEXUAL IMMORALITY ! All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies

Simple Enough II

LOL.

RedApple

I love this!

RedApple

I love that you added this scripture!

dorothy gale

What about God's "design for marriage" as stated in the Old Testament? Did the unchanging word of God CHANGE? He gave many wives to King David. So it is NOT just "one man, one woman" depending on which part of the fairy tale you like to use to justify your ignorance and bigotry, I'm thinking.

JMOP

If you call someone else a bigot and ignorant, your not seeing the other persons view. So I'm thinking, that's like the pot calling the kettle black.

Second Opinion

I'm thinking you never read, let along studied the Bible or you wouldn't be confused by the issue.

Since you brought up the Bible in your post,expound for us 1 Cor 6, which shouldn't be so confusing to you. "" Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor those men have sex with men"

So, you have to make a choice this moment, to accept what God says or your own beliefs in rebellion.

reading signs

To all of you who claim to speak for God, go take a long walk off a short pier. Love is love and EVERYONE should have the legal benefits of a domestic contract, just like everyone should have medical benefits, but the government,aka, people who make the laws, haven't given us that benefit yet.

If two people love each other and want to form a household union, they deserve to be able to have that option. Oppress the men for a change and put women in power and see how things work out!

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