I applaud the Spokane City Council’s decision to table the gay marriage issue. There should be a total separation of church and state. Civil government’s job is to protect the rights of all with fairness and justice. Therefore, civil government has the authority to determine what constitutes a civil union – no matter what name is applied.
However, the institutions of marriage and the seventh-day Sabbath were established by God at creation. Therefore, these are fundamentally religious issues. The real question then is how any person who claims to be God’s minister or his disciple could sanction a perversion of these institutions of God?