A Look At Same-Sex Marriage in Mid-Missouri

6 years 4 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, May 16 2013 May 16, 2013 Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:47:00 PM CDT May 16, 2013 in News
By: Mengti Xu and Peter Terpstra
loading

BOONE COUNTY - It's one of the most polarizing and controversial issues of late.

Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage this month causing a national focus on what's become the hot-button issue in gay rights.

KOMU 8 News started with a simple question in September: Where does same-sex marriage stand in mid-Missouri?

After focusing on religion and politics in regard to same-sex marriage, we found the hard lines that used to separate gays and straights in the past are becoming more blurry.

David Huddleston Smith and David Collins have been in a relationship for nine years. They raise blood hounds. Huddleston Smith is a retired doctor and Collins works for a clippings service letting different clients know anytime they are mentioned in articles.

"There were some bumps without a question, some hurt feelings. And it took a long time to really start communicating effectively. We're still working on it," Huddleston Smith said.

The two cannot get married in Missouri because same-sex marriage is not legal like other parts of the country. Although, the two say if they could get married, they would gain the rights brought on by same-sex marriage.

"We just want everyone to know we are no different than anyone else," Collins said.

Gay culture is more publicized than ever before. In April, NBA player Jason Collins became the first athlete in major American sports to come out as openly gay while still competing. The television sitcom "Modern Family" features an openly gay male couple. The music artist Macklemore took over the billboard charts with his song "Thrift Shop," but he is also known for his politically controversial song "Same Love" which advocates for the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Even after all the media publicity, you might think Christianity and homosexuality do not mix.

After contacting Christian ministers around the viewing area, three agreed to an on-camera interview. Each of the ministers expressed similarities and differences on their views toward homosexuality.

Ken Harland, of Capital West Christian Church in Jefferson City, said he is not aware of any gay members in his church, but he says he would welcome homosexuals with open arms.

However, Harland says sometimes homosexuals won't like the message in churches around the country.

"If they come and they listen, they probably are not going to hear...In many churches, they won't hear acceptance of the lifestyle that they have chosen," Harland said.

Harland characterizes homosexuality as a sin in Christianity just like any other sin, but he says modern culture has picked homosexuality as a focus of controversy.

Minister Tim Carson, of Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, says homosexuality is one of the most dividing issues facing Christianity today. He says he sees openly gay couples who participate fully in the workings of his church.

"We have a very open view toward persons from other sexual orientations," Carson said. "Those persons in the LGBT community are afraid because there is a huge legacy in the church of abuse and ostracizing persons in that community."

Minister Mark Kummer, of Callaway Christian Church in Fulton, says he has some gay members at his church, but they are not out. He says homosexuality is against God's will, but that shouldn't keep gay people out of the pews.

"Acceptance doesn't always necessarily mean approval of behavior. You might accept, embrace the person, love them as a person but not approve their behavior," Kummer said. "There's a saying in Christianity: love the sinner, hate the sin."

Each of the three ministers said they welcome gays to their churches.

Huddleston Smith and Collins say they've seen instances of churches not accepting gays. Although, Huddleston Smith says things are changing.

"Originally when I got back here they were all thumbs down on gay couples coming to their churches. But quite a number of churches have opened up," he said.

Tune into KOMU 8 News at 10 for the politcal struggles over same-sex marriage.

More News

Grid
List
CAMDENTON — Camdenton City Clerk Renee Kingston didn't fall for a traffic violation scam. Kingston said she received two... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 7:50:00 PM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A father was shot with his four children in his car while driving in south... More >>
3 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 7:36:00 PM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Board of Education will discuss modifications to the public comment section of its meetings Monday night.... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 5:13:00 PM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — The CEO of Dow Inc. has donated $6 million to a new University of Missouri health institute... More >>
10 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 12:49:00 PM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
CENTRALIA — The city of Centralia held its first monthly meeting on public safety Monday night since the firing of... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 11:51:00 AM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
KEYTESVILLE- A mid-Missouri father filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against the man accused of causing his disabled daughter's death... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 11:21:00 AM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A local group wants to expand the Jefferson City National Cemetery by relocating East Miller Park across... More >>
12 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 10:25:00 AM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
ROCHEPORT - The Columbia/ Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services is opening community-based pop up flu clinics... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 10:20:00 AM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Moms Demand Action is partnering with Stop the Bleed Coalition to hold crisis first aid training on... More >>
19 hours ago Monday, October 14 2019 Oct 14, 2019 Monday, October 14, 2019 3:40:00 AM CDT October 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Maries County sheriff's deputies said a drunk driver was to blame in a fatal car crash from early... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 8:46:00 PM CDT October 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Drivers on I-70 westbound saw 2 mile long delays around mile marker 124 when the Missouri State Highway... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 4:18:00 PM CDT October 13, 2019 in News
ROCHEPORT - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said the number of people using the Katy Trail is down by... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 3:08:00 PM CDT October 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The CDC began monitoring the 2019-2020 flu season this weekend. And doctors are urging people to get their... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:55:00 PM CDT October 13, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Six Columbia churches had their first Sunday service with improved emergency health precautions on Oct. 13. The... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 2:00:00 PM CDT October 13, 2019 in News
HARSTBURG – Celebrating another fall season with pumpkin carving, hayrides and a straw maze, the 28th annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, October 13 2019 Oct 13, 2019 Sunday, October 13, 2019 8:00:00 AM CDT October 13, 2019 in News
TOKYO (AP) — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:03:00 PM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
LILBOURN, Mo. (AP) — A small earthquake has been reported in southeastern Missouri. The U.S. Geological Survey says... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 7:41:00 PM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — One person died after a crash in Cooper County Saturday morning. Haven Pennington, 19, drove her Pontiac... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, October 12 2019 Oct 12, 2019 Saturday, October 12, 2019 4:55:00 PM CDT October 12, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 58°
12am 58°
1am 57°
2am 57°
3am 57°