published Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

West: Vote against Chattanooga's domestic partnership ordinance

By Mark D. West

There is not much that has elicited such a divide and strong emotion for many residents of Chattanooga as the domestic partnership ordinance. Last November the City Council narrowly passed the measure in a 5-4 vote, but a petition signed by more than 11,000 voters blocked it.

As a result, Chattanooga voters will decide Thursday whether to pass or permanently defeat the ordinance that would extend health benefits to city employees’ girlfriends and boyfriends (either same-sex or heterosexual) and their dependents.

A quick review of what’s at stake, though, is in order.

For many voters in Chattanooga this is a faith issue. Their faith informs them that marriage is between one man and one woman and other sexual relationships outside of marriage are immoral. They see the harm these other relationships cause to the family, the foundational building block of all societies. As goes the family so goes a nation. Any wonder why Chattanooga is facing such a crisis in the inner city? Sadly though, proponents of the ordinance have condemned those who simply choose to follow their faith, calling them bigots. How quickly they forget that in 2008 candidate Barack Obama asserted, “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.” It’s noteworthy that Tennessee’s constitution defines marriage in this same manner.

For other Chattanoogans though this is a finance issue. At a time when the city’s budget is under constant strain and there are regular efforts to minimize costs, it is irresponsible to extend benefits to a new group of individuals who are not even related to a city employee.

Furthermore, if budgets are such that retirement benefits have been cut, how responsible is it to increase the city’s health costs for nonemployees? During the City Council’s discussion of the ordinance, Chattanooga officials acknowledged that they did not know how much this ordinance would end up costing the city. Additionally Chattanooga’s chief financial officer reported that the city’s health plan costs have increased 53 percent in five years.

Finally, this is a fairness issue. This ordinance could have been more aptly named the “Sex” ordinance because if there’s no sex (platonic relationship) then no benefits are extended under this ordinance.

Don’t believe me?

Read the ordinance: “The city employee and the domestic partner have chosen to share one another’s lives in a nonplatonic … relationship.” But then it forbids the benefits to family members of city employees, with obviously just a platonic (nonsexual) relationship by stating: “The city employee and domestic partner cannot be lineal ancestors … or related to a degree of kinship that would prevent marriage under the laws of Tennessee.” This ordinance, sponsored by City Councilman Chris Anderson, specifically excludes family members from qualifying for the benefit since they obviously will not share intimate relations. So if you are a city employee who is single and you have an adult family member living with you then they do not qualify for these benefits. Sorry, tough luck!

So, it’s very clear to many Chattanoogans that this ordinance is not about fairness. It’s financially irresponsible. And for many, it violates their faith.

As a result, please be sure to vote against this ordinance, which is the last question on the ballot, on Aug. 7.

Your city’s future is in your hands. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever!

Mark West in president of Citizens for Government Accountability and Transparency.

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ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFIED+++

TENNESSEE STATUTE (LAW) RE: LEGAL MARRIAGE:

"(b) The legal union in matrimony of only one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be the only recognized marriage in this state. (c) Any policy, law or judicial interpretation that purports to define marriage as anything other than the historical institution and legal contract between one (1) man and one (1) woman is contrary to the public policy of Tennessee"; Tenn. Code Ann. ' 36 3 113

Too many Liberal Democrats are Scofflaws and utilize sleazy deception and other evil tactics to push their immoral lifestyles onto society. This is an example of the Obamah administration.

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 2:32 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFIED+++

My Dearest Friends: 'Wife', in Hebrew, means 'Woman'!...(female)

My Dearest Friends:'Husband, in Hebrew, means 'Man'...(male)

And, may I say: 'Wife', in Greek, means 'Woman'!...(female)

And, may I say: 'Husband', in Greek, means 'Man'! ...(male)

Capiche? The very next step is to beastiality and a demand to 'legally' allow [humans] to 'marry'dogs, horses, mules, other animals. (And to get them insured at innocent tax-payers expense. They would, of course, be labeled 'CIVIL UNIONS'. Legislated. This is not a joke!

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 2:33 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFIED+++

A Sovereign Nation Has the Right to Reward Individuals Within Unions (Marriages) Who Have the Greatest Expectation to Procreate. [Nations Need Taxpayers]. A Sovereign Nation Has the Right to Deny Reward (Insurance/Tax Write-Offs/Death Benefits to Spouses, etc.)to Individual Unions Which do Not Have the Expectation to Procreate. Also, A Sovereign Nation Has the Right to Discourage Supporting Individuals Who Cost Their Innocent Tax Payers Over $20,000,000,000 [Twenty Billion Dollars] Per Year. The Average Cost to Treat One Case of HIV/AIDS is Over $400,000 [Four Hundred Thousand Dollars Per Lifetime. (Source: Center for Disease Control {CDC} HIV Surveillance Report 2009, Vol 21). So, My Question to You: "Shall We Change The Definition of Husband to Mean Woman, Or, The Definition of Wife to Mean Man? Shall We Do This Even Though These Unions Go Against The Wisdom and Needs of a Sovereign United States of America? This Deadly Chosen Lifestyle is Not to be Forced Upon a Sovereign Nation.

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 2:34 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFIED+++

You must look a little closer. *** It is in no way a privilege of any U.S. Citizen to change the definition of any word or related institution associated with said word. (Husband=Male, Wife=Female).

*** No protections of U.S. Citizens are denied by maintaining folkways, morays, traditional family values and/or traditions of society.

*** Powers not granted to the federal government by the Constitution, nor prohibited to the States, are reserved to the States or the people.

*** Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not expressly delegated to the United States, in Congress assembled. (my edit for sake of clarity...no changes to interpretation applied)kwo

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 2:34 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFIED+++

"Once you have been infected with HIV, you will always carry it in your body."

"There is no cure for HIV." http://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/just-diagnosed-with-hiv-aids/overview/hiv-positive/

Citizens! Please! Where are your brains??? Do you want your family tax dollars paying from $400,0000.00 to $600,000.000 per infected homosexual who chose a lifestyle Jesus Christ labels an abomination?

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 2:35 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Washington, D.C. [kaiser foundation] Washington, D.C. is the hardest hit by HIV in the United States (U.S.), with an epidemic on par with some developing nations. In D.C., approximately (NOW 3.3%) of the population is living with HIV, which exceeds UNAIDS’ definition of a “generalized” epidemic (having HIV prevalence greater than 1% of the population),3,4 and

D.C. has the highest AIDS diagnosis rate of any state in the U.S. Third World countries laugh at Washington D.C.: Africa is doing better than they [D.C.] are in the HIV/AIDS category. Yeah, Liberal Democrat Stronghold, D.C. is a great example for the rest of the nation!

August 3, 2014 at 2:35 a.m.
librul said...

HIV/AIDS pales in comparison to the sickness you carry in your brain Mr. Orr.

August 3, 2014 at 9:09 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

Orr has posted false statistics when it comes to HIV/AIDS. He is as dishonest as ConMan. I guess he believes lies and deceit will drive people towards the cross?

August 3, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Awesome article by Mark West. Vote Against the Domestic Partner Ordinance, it is absurd legislation.

August 3, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

Dearest GaussianInteger:

I, in verity and Truth, do love you with The Love of The Lord Jesus Christ. Ergo, I will immediately retract any verifiably innacurrate statistic I have mistakenly posted. This will come with a written apology on this site. I do not, in any way, believe that I have posted a verifiably inaccurate statistical figure.

Also, will you please post your presumed reference of Our Saviour committing sin. I do know He 'became' sin for us (Serpent/Sin on pole), but, was tested in every way...yet, without sin.

Hebrews 4:15... For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin....kjv

John 3:14... And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

Numbers 21:8... And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.

Numbers 21:9... And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 1:31 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFIED+++

fairmon said... "VOTE AGAINST THE PROPOSAL unless you would

vote for a property tax increase at some point in the future. a couple hundred thousand here and a couple hundred thousand there for this and similar other peoples money legislation by politicians using tax payer money to gain favor and votes will indeed require more tax revenue from some source."

I do so much agree with fairmon!

Little-by-little, deceptively, within the Occult, the Chattanooga Homosexuals will Tax Innocent Citizens to death! Property, Sewage Taxes, etc.

They want Us to pay hundres of thousands of dollars to them for their (what has been labeled) 'THE HOMOSEXUAL CULTURE OF DEATH' ...'They' say that.

City of Chattanooga! Do Not Be Fooled into paying $400,000 to $600,000 per lifetime per HIV/AIDS Infected Homosexual Patient.

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFIED+++

African-Americans and other disenfranchised people among the 'so called' minority populations will bear the pain of the burden of this deceptive attempt to raise future taxes.

The poor of Chattanooga Tennessee cannot afford the increased taxes that will gradually be levied against them to support the 'going bankrupt' Hospice Centers treating the Homosexual HIV/AIDS Patients. Many other harms to society wil occur as a result if this ordinance is passed in favor of the part of the Homosexual Community that is infected with HIV/AIDS, The 'Super-Bug' Gonorrhea ,,(very often much worse than Homosexual's who have HIV/AIDS), Opportunistic Infections passed on even by Movie Theatre seats where an infected person has been seated, etc., etc., etc.

WAKE UP! CHATTANOOGA! DON'T BE FOOLED/DECEIVED AGAIN, AND, AGAIN, AND AGAIN!

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH CHRIST JESUS CRUCIFIED+++

Malleus Deum Verum

August 3, 2014 at 1:37 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

"I, in verity and Truth, do love you with The Love of The Lord Jesus Christ. Ergo, I will immediately retract any verifiably innacurrate statistic I have mistakenly posted. This will come with a written apology on this site. I do not, in any way, believe that I have posted a verifiably inaccurate statistical figure."

I busted you a couple of months ago, Ken. If you are saying that is an incorrect statement, then deep down, you know you are lying. I don't have the time or inclination to find it.

August 3, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Goodness, ORR, could you post more please?

August 3, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.
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