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May 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Opponents of gay-marriage law get unexpected aid: from Muslims

Doesn’t represent all Christians

Joseph Backholm’s statement that Christians and Muslims have a place of commonality in supporting marriage between a man and woman does not include all followers of Jesus Christ. [“Opponents of gay-marriage law get unexpected aid: from Muslims,” page one, May 25.]

For example, a week ago, the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to support Marriage Equality in the state of Washington by 81 percent.

One of the strongest biblical arguments in favor of marriage between a man and a woman has been that traditional interpretation of the Adam and Eve story in Genesis 2. However, I recently have concluded that the names of Eve and Adam are simply metaphors for Israel and Judah and have nothing to do with being real people, let alone personifications of all women and men (see “The Mystery of Eve and Adam”). Take away this biblical premise for the definition of marriage, and there is very little left in Scripture, especially in the testimony and witness by Jesus, to substantiate that marriage is solely between a man and woman.

As followers of Jesus Christ, many of us in the evangelical tradition are very supportive of marriage equality and look forward to the day when people of the same gender can be united as one just as any woman and man can in this state.

— Rev. Ron Moe-Lobeda, Seattle

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