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Nov. 16, 2005

Proposition 2 good move

Last Tuesday, Texas voters went to the polls to vote on nine amendments. One amendment was considered the "hot-topic" issue topic by many here in Texas, and that was Proposition 2, or the ban of same-sex marriage.

I wanted it to pass because I personally don't want to have same-sex marriage in Texas, and because my sister helped write the proposition.

I am a firm believer in the Bible and in no scripture in the Bible does God says that same-sex marriage is just fine. Instead, God strongly condemns gay marriage. God says that marriage is meant between one man and one woman, not two men or two women.

On election day when I was on campus, I heard some people say they were going to vote against the amendment because they had friends who were gay, and we need to "accept their lifestyle" or "that is sexual discrimination" or "we need to be tolerant of them because God made them like they are." I don't agree with anything of these saying.

On election night when the votes were tallied, Texans overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2 by more 1 million votes, or 76.22 percent, to about 433,000 votes. In McLennan County, the measure was passed with 80.89 percent. Texas voters "spoke" loud when we went to the polls on Tuesday and we said we did not want same-sex marriage here in Texas.

Jeremy Stripling
Aviation science 2006

Views unfair in chapel

I attended the 11 a.m. chapel on Monday and found it deeply offensive, a marked contrast to the religion classes I have taken here at Baylor. The speakers brushed over homosexuality as if it were obvious to everyone in the room that it was a "sin." While they may have provided reasons for their personal beliefs on that subject in the 10 a.m. chapel, none were provided in the section I attended. In doing so, I think they presented one solitary view of homosexuality without acknowledging that many other Christians believe quite differently and are no less in God's eyes than they are.

Obviously, the powers that be have made Baylor's "official" stance on homosexuality quite clear. No one within a few hundred miles from campus has failed to get the message that "Baylor" considers homosexuality to be a "sin." At this point, I think that they are beating a dead horse. Those who agree with them on the subject have been adequately satisfied and those who disagree have been more than adequately tortured. It is cruel to pull out such a tender topic during chapel, which we as students are required to attend two semesters of.

As a daughter of conservative Southern Baptists, I was all too familiar with what was expressed on stage. At this point, I think that Baylor has done more than its duty in "converting" those who disagree with its views on homosexuality.

Kristen Cole
University scholars
Pre-med 2008