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By Pastor Kelly Boggs

February 22, 2004

It has been just over a week since San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome ordered city officials to begin issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples. In spite of the fact the Mayor and his minions are violating California statute, at the time of this writing nothing has been done to halt the shameless disregard of the law.

To date, approximately 3,000 homosexual “marriages” have been approved.

Those opposed to the civil disobedience taking place in the City by the Bay took their case to court in an effort to halt the issuance of the bogus licenses. Thus far, judges have refused to rule on the matter.

One magistrate rejected the plaintiff’s petition because it contained a “misplaced semicolon.” The judge commented, "I am not trying to be petty here, but it is a big deal," he told the group's attorneys, concluding, "I don't have the authority to issue it under these circumstances."

A misplaced semicolon? Petty? Now who would think that was petty?

Not only are judges missing-in-action over Mayor Newsom's flouting of California law, but recently-elected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has done nothing more than issue a statement that "vigorously defends" the state in a suit filed by San Francisco. Yes you read right, San Francisco is now suing the state of California for the right to issue same-sex marriage certificates.

The Governor could bring an end to San Francisco’s three ring circus by arresting the Mayor. However, it appears that “Arnold the Terminator” is only a celluloid character and not an enforcer of California law.

Ironic isn’t it. A misplaced semicolon is significant enough to keep a judge from issuing a legal decision, but an elected official’s blatant disregard for the law is not meaningful enough to warrant intervention by law enforcement.

It is worth noting that a couple of arrests have been made. Two individuals protesting the lawlessness taking place at the courthouse were taken into custody for trespassing. A spokesperson from the San Francisco sheriff’s office said, “They were singled out for arrest because they were the only ones who did not obey sheriff's deputies' requests to leave the interior of City Hall.”

Again, the irony is amazing. Those breaking the law are ignored and allowed to operate unabated while those protesting the situation are incarcerated. Should the protestors have been jailed for refusing to obey the orders of sheriff’s deputies? Absolutely. Should Newsome and San Francisco city officials be treated in similar fashion for violating California law? Yes.

Since I am pointing out the ironies of the San Francisco situation, I might as well pile on. The New York Times, America’s newspaper of record, has been strangely silent on Newsome’s civil disobedience. However, this past summer the Gray Lady had much to say about another high profile case of similar behavior.

When Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore defied a federal court order to remove a memorial to the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building's rotunda, the New York Times had much to say. In four separate editorials Judge Moore’s civil disobedience was described as: “lack of respect for the rule of law,” disregard for constitutional and federal sovereignty,” “embarrassing defiance,” and “demagoguery about the Ten Commandments.”

Contrast The Times assessment of Judge Moore’s behavior with that of the mayor of San Francisco. In the week since Newsome began to defy state law, The New York Times has not uttered a single solitary editorial comment about the civil disobedience taking place in California.

Practice civil disobedience over an issue like separation of church and state and The New York Times will vilify you. However, defy state law in order to affirm homosexual behavior and The Times will give you a pass. In reality, the editors of the Gray Lady are giving Newsome a “thumbs up” by their silence.

A final irony could be that Mayor Newsome’s desire to promote homosexual “marriage” by defying California law could backfire. “I was sorry to see the San Francisco thing go forward," said Barney Frank, an openly gay congressman from Massachusetts.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Frank expressed concern that the image of lawlessness and civil disobedience in San Francisco would lead some in Congress to support a federal constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

If the lack of response to Mayor Newsome’s civil disobedience has done nothing else, it has placed on display for the nation the ultimate desire of homosexual activists. They want their lifestyle not just tolerated; they want homosexuality celebrated as natural, normal, and healthy. They want gay relationships to be accepted as equal with heterosexual matrimony.

It appears that the only way to prevent the current situation in San Francisco from one day legally repeating itself in your town is by an amendment to the United States Constitution.

© 2004 Kelly Boggs - All Rights Reserved

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A native of Texas, Kelly Boggs now makes his home in the Pacific Northwest. He is the pastor of Valley Baptist Church located at McMinnville, Oregon. He also serves as the Chairman of the Ethics and Religious Commission for the Northwest Baptist Convention. He is a graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In addition to his columns, Kelly writes a weekly opinion piece for Baptist Press, the official news agency of the 16-million member Southern Baptist Convention. His columns have appeared in numerous regional and national publications including the Washington Times. Kelly has been a guest on a variety of radio and television programs to discuss the critical issues facing America. He recently launched The Sentinel Institute which is dedicated to shining the light of truth into the fog of popular culture. You can visit the SI web site at  E-Mail










"Newsome's carefully planned ploy will score points with homosexual activists throughout the United States. If he has political aspirations beyond San Francisco, which some say he does, his civil disobedience will result in much needed financial support by gays from sea to shining sea."