In Sunday’s opinion piece, "Tate that a shame," Managing Editor Steve Gillespie tells us there will be a “commitment ceremony” at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Museum.
He then quotes our lieutenant governor, Mr. Tate Reeves, as describing the event as “same sex marriage.” Which is it?
I don’t believe too many people care about people holding commitment ceremonies with each other at any appropriate public venue in our state. People have been declaring their love to each other, to their family, to their pets, even to their cars, motorcycles, RVs and more for years.
But that is a far different event from “same sex marriage.” So, Mr. Gillespie, which is it?
Marriage is commonly known as Holy Matrimony. The reason for that specific title is that the event taking place is more than just a legal contract between two people.
Marriage involves God and his blessing on the man and woman coming before Him for His help in making a man and a woman into one; the spiritual and relational binding and blending together of a husband and wife into a married couple. This is far different from a “commitment ceremony.”
Sadly, Mr. Gillespie blurred the definitions of two radically different events. Helpful journalism does not blur the lines of the issue. Helpful journalism clarifies issues.
Please, Mr. Gillespie, help us better understand the issues before our city and state instead of blurring definitions in order to use our lieutenant governor as a convenient whipping boy for a Sunday paper’s opinion column. We do deserve better journalism than this from The Meridian Star.
Earl T. Wheatley, Jr., Marion
Editor's note: Attorneys for Ceara Sturgis and Emily Key sent state officials a letter that referred to their event as a commitment ceremony. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves used the word marriage in his statement about it.