Sorry, Governor

Our governor has “flipped,” as they say in politics. I don’t think so, though. She’s a lame-duck so she’s probably just doing what she has wanted to do since she was first elected back in 2004. But what she says is that she’s taken a “personal journey” concerning the matter. I’d like a follow-up, “From where to where, governor?” Here are her words from her press conference on January 4, 2012: “This was all about my personal faith,” said Governor Chris Gregoire, a professing Roman Catholic, “I came to understand my religion is one thing, but as governor of the state and as a human being, I believe in equality. And I don’t respect a state who discriminates.” It was difficult to type her quote; it’s such a ridiculous one, so full of illogic.

But let’s back up. We are talking about Olympia’s push to make Washington the seventh state in the union to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. And Gregoire is excited to be the proposed legislation’s torch-bearer.

In 2004, she supported legal rights for same-sex couples. In 2007, she signed a domestic partnership law toward that end. In 2009, she supported the passage of Referendum 71, the so-called “everything but marriage” law; the law where same-sex couples were granted all rights enjoyed by married couples except the one they coveted most—the ability to marry. And it’s this last one they so desperately want because their deviancy will then possess the language of normalcy.

But back to our governor’s carefully crafted quote from above. Parsing through it, here is what I find behind her words: “My faith really isn’t that important to me; certainly not enough for it to impact the way I govern. I know the Bible defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman. I also know it calls homosexuality a sin. But that’s so judgmental and not fair. And I don’t want to be associated with a state that listens to God concerning such things.”

That was some “personal journey”! She discarded whatever semblance of faith she had, declaring God’s way archaic and discriminatory; and happy to have arrived upon the shores of progress, acceptance, and enlightenment.

But if I may; could someone let her know her office is subordinate to the Throne of God? She needs to take another “personal journey”; this time, one that arrives upon the shores of God’s never-ending truth.

Pastor Rich Hamlin

January 5, 2012  


  1. Thank you Pastor Rich for bring this to our attention. Just as strongly as Gov. Gregroire DOESN’T want to be associated with a state that listens to God, I DO want to be associated with a state (nation) that listens to God, which is why I will be praying for our state (and our nation) even more in 2012 than in 2011.
    Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

  2. Man in their arrogance trying to separate, disjoint, pervert the God ordained institution of marriage between a man and a woman. Mk 10:6-9, Jesus speaking: “But from the beginning (Gen. 2:21-25) of the creation, God made them male and female, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh, so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” End of story. Even Webster says: marry – “to join as husband and wife.” No matter what the homosexual community or the law calls it (same sex marriage), it will never be marriage (two, a man and a woman, becoming one flesh).

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