While a homosexual duo is boasting about cunningly evading Texas bans on same-sex “marriage” and getting “hitched” online from Dallas via the Skype video messaging service, an attorney who is watching the stunts says “gays” are unbelievable.
“I still can’t believe the antics of some of those on the other side,” said Peter Breen, an attorney with the Thomas More Society.
The duo, Mark Reed and Dante Walkup, have been hailed by progressive activists and alternative lifestyle bloggers for what was claimed to be the “first gay wedding conducted over Skype.”
One of the duo told a homosexual news service the day seemed like something out of the “Wizard of Oz.”
The two held a ceremony that was officiated over by a lesbian activist from Washington, D.C., where homosexual “marriage” was created by the city council this year.
Now there is word that the event, presided over by Sheila Alexander-Reid, of a D.C. group called “Women in the Life,” will start a trend for homosexuals to pursue new paths for same-sex “marriages” that largely remain illegal across the United States.
Breen’s organization works on the defense and promotion of religious freedom for Christians, traditional family values and the sanctity of human life.
He told WND that the claim by the duo they are married legally is “silly.”
However, the questionable status of the ceremony has not prevented many in other media outlets from calling the situation a precedent.
Walkup and Reed did not return calls from WND asking for comment.
But Walkup told CNN he and his “partner” were “outraged” over the passage of Proposition 8 in California and wanted to take a stand.
“In terms of being an accidental activist, we were both outraged after the passage of Prop 8 in California, when voters took away the rights of gay people to be able to marry. And so, since then, we’ve been doing what we can to advocate and to try and fight for full equality,” he said.
He said he and Reed shopped around for a jurisdiction that had “gay” marriage, but which had a law which was vaguely written so they did not have to be physically present in the state when they were “wed.”
A leading traditionalist Anglican layman, Tim Udd, a vestryman from Christ the King Anglican Church in Evanston, Ill., told WND homosexuals who try to marry are rejecting their human nature, and returning to the pagan values of the pre-Christian era.
“There is an element in the modern/postmodern psyche that seeks to refute/refuse the nature of things. G.K. Chesterton [a leading late 19th/early 20th Century Christian writer, 1874-1936] presciently notes that it is common to the worship of demons so prevalent in the ancient religions,” Udd said.
Udd added that “male and female together” is what the Bible means when it says that mankind is created in the “image of God.” A homosexual marriage, by contrast, is “expression of the essentially demonic will to power,” Udd said.
Another conservative activist and fundraiser for several tea party-backed congressional candidates last fall, Roni Bell Sylvester, based in rural Colorado, was outraged at the potential time that will be wasted by government officials having to fend off this new form of “gay” marriage in their precincts at a time of soaring budget deficits and high unemployment, calling it a “waste of time and money.”
She said the U.S. needs to return to the religious roots articulated by the Founding Fathers.
“The Bible is the genesis, and therefore the only definition of the word ‘marriage,’” Sylvester told WND.
In California, where voters now twice have affirmed that their own law should define marriage as being between one man and one woman only, the latest Prop 8 move was a decision by a homosexual judge to strike down the vote of the people.
The case now is on appeal, but District Judge Vaughn Walker wrote in his decision throwing out Prop 8:
- “Religious beliefs that gay and lesbian relationships are sinful or inferior to heterosexual relationships harm gays and lesbians.”
- “Rather, the exclusion exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage. That time has passed.”
- “The gender of a child’s parent is not a factor in a child’s adjustment.”
- “The evidence shows beyond any doubt that parents’ genders are irrelevant to children’s developmental outcomes.”
- “Gender no longer forms an essential part of marriage; marriage under law is a union of equals.”
- “Many of the purported interests identified by proponents are nothing more than a fear or unarticulated dislike of same-sex couples.”