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December 10, 2013 8:39 am

Mayor ‘not ready’ to issue marriage proclamation

Written by Tom Lawrence

Mayor Don Hillman said he was not prepared to issue a pro-marriage proclamation that was presented to the City Council last week.

During the Dec. 2 council meeting, former Parks Department Director Chuck Hewitt and his wife Lila Hewitt, representing the First Baptist Church and the Powell Ministerial Association, asked the mayor to issue a proclamation supporting marriage that was submitted, including the phrases “men and women” and “husband and wife” in the proclamation.

Hillman said he had spent some time studying the issue and was not prepared to issue such a proclamation.

“I’m not ready to do that at this time,” he said. “We’re not sure where we’re at with that. We wouldn’t want to address that tonight.”

Chuck Hewitt said that was a “shame.”

The council also rejected a requested waiver of $280 in fees for The Commons on Friday, Feb. 14, for a pro-marriage event.

The free social event, with dessert and music, will honor the 14th annual National Marriage Week and would be held on Valentine’s Day. Powell churches have offered their support, Lila Hewitt said.

Councilman Josh Shorb said such fees have been waived repeatedly of late and he was concerned about setting a precedent. Hillman said fees are usually only waived for the city, the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce and Powell Economic Partnership.

Councilman John Wetzel noted that The Commons already loses money. A motion to approve the waiver died for the lack of a second, while a motion to reject the request passed 5-1, with only Councilman Floyd Young voting for it.

10 comments

  • Comment Link December 10, 2013 11:48 am posted by Eva

    What is a "shame" is that someone thinks it's ok to restrict marriage. Marriage is a contract between two people and the GOVERNMENT. Holy Matrimony is a contract between two people and a CHURCH. Huge difference. Please keep churches and religion out of marriage.

  • Comment Link December 11, 2013 9:35 am posted by Ruth Torrey

    Please, Mr. Mayor, listen to what's happening across America. We don't need to be a County - or a State - known for its narrow-mindedness.

  • Comment Link December 11, 2013 2:45 pm posted by Ron

    I think that the Mayor should consider his constituency's opinion before he makes a decision. He should understand who the majority of the citizens would support such a proclamation, after all, the State of Wyoming endorsed and has issued a similar proclamation. He and the citizens need to stand up for their values and not be deterred by political expediency. That is what is causing the degradation of our society. There are many benefits to marriage and intact families, one of which is the voting majority. Mr. Hillman, I urge you to change your position and support the citizens and encourage the sanctity of marriage and be a light to this community that will be known for years to come.

  • Comment Link December 11, 2013 3:46 pm posted by Candace Hirsch

    It's narrow-minded to think the country should change the definition of the word marriage to accommodate a few people. Have your "civil-unions" and leave marriage out of it.

  • Comment Link December 11, 2013 5:34 pm posted by D.K.

    This is a situation that no matter what, someone will end up upset. Those that believe marriage is between a man and woman, those that support gay marriage and rights, those that are religious, and those that don't believe in a higher power.
    By issuing the proclamation, would that, in turn, be announcing that the city is full of bigots that don't support "those kind of people"? By not issuing it, would that mean that the city supports "free love"?
    Let the man make his own decisions, don't force him to announce which side he's on. Goodness sakes, can't we all get along and just accept one another without labels?

  • Comment Link December 12, 2013 9:59 am posted by Rich

    We have gone this long without burning to ash because of some documented wording. I think we will go much longer with open minds and religion as far away from our government as possible.

  • Comment Link December 12, 2013 10:01 am posted by Tim

    Marriage is about love.It is not about bigotry. The mayaor should reflect this in his decision. We don't want to be on the wrong side of history by defining what love is, regardless of whom it is between.

  • Comment Link December 13, 2013 9:22 am posted by Ricky

    The core value of marriage is two people who love each other and are committed to each other. It isn’t necessarily defined by gender… You want security for your spouse, whatever may happen, and our laws do not provide that. This kind of legalistic barrier that we insist on putting up is, to me, unfathomable. In the case of homophobia, they are literally members of a family. They are sons and daughters of heterosexual parents. We are brothers and sisters. They are literally kin, blood kin. And yet we deny the LGBT member of a family the same legal protections and rights that they enjoy. It’s irrational.

  • Comment Link December 13, 2013 11:06 am posted by AnAmericanCitizen

    Separation of church and state, marriage has always been a religious based ceremony for thousands of years. civil unions(civil marriages) are run and operated by the government. let the have the civil unions, and do as they do, that is the core of america.
    Psalm
    1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

    2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

    3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

    We are to show the way, in love, not attack and scorn and tell them the way, actions will always speak louder than words ever will. In the end they are all children of God and should be loved, whether we agree with their lifestyle or not.

    As for Mr. Hillman, i believe it would be inappropriate to do something of this nature especially when there is precedence of items like this being overruled as unconstitutional

  • Comment Link December 17, 2013 4:45 pm posted by DJ Fischer

    We were planning to move out to Powell as we are tired of living in a liberal state. To read this now is really discouraging. Read the bible and learn who created everything and everyone. It has nothing to do with bigotry. God did not create two men or two women if he did none of us would be here! He created one woman and one man to be married and to go out and populate. If you have to ask what that means you're in trouble.

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