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Rodney Dale Firefighter Yes
Rodney Dale
My name is Rodney Dale, and I was born and raised in Elkhart. Although it’s a small city, I truly love it here.

I work for the Elkhart Fire Department and have since 1996. My current position is Division Chief, which puts me in charge of all purchasing and training. My wife, Tanisha, and I met when we were 15 years old and had a son by the time we were 17. He is a college graduate now living in Chicago and teaching 3rd grade. We also have a 14-year-old daughter.

Writing has been my passion since I was a little boy, and I believe it will be until the day I die. My mom died of cancer when I was 9 years old and my dad had some issues at the time, so I was raised by my grandmother. The experiences I had growing up, being around diverse crowds and mentoring boys are the sources of most things I will write about. During my free time, I attend my daughter’s athletic activities, coach at the Tolson Center, mentor in local elementary schools, do lots of yard work and spend time with my beautiful wife.



Instead of focusing on same-sex marriage’s legality, we should focus on our own sins

Rodney Dale, a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth, shared his thoughts on why same-sex marriage should be legalized. Though he sees it as a sin, he wonders why others’ sins aren’t given the same attention. 


Posted on July 22, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.

There has been a lot of conversation about the issue of same-sex marriage and whether or not it should be legal in the state of Indiana. As a citizen of the United States, I think the arguments against it are shameful – the epitome of judging others. Not allowing gay couples to marry is trying to impose our personal religious beliefs on the lives of everybody else. If two consenting adults would like to get married and aren’t causing harm to anyone else, why shouldn't they be allowed to be called newlyweds?

Rodney Dale is a firefighter for the Elkhart Fire Department and is a native of the town. In his community blog for The Elkhart Truth, Dale will share his musings on issues affecting the community.

I believe in the Bible and have searched scripture on this. From what I have seen, it does appear that two men or women engaging in intimacy is a sin, but we live in a country of religious freedom, and not everybody believes in God or the Bible – those are the facts. Jealousy, envy, coveting, lying, lust and cheating aren’t illegal, but they are immoral acts we partake in on one level or another. A lot of people claim to be serving God, but more and more it seems like it's human opinion that bothers us the most.

As long as our wrongs are kept in the dark, we put forth an outwardly holier-than-thou attitude and become extremely critical of those who are doing things that can be seen. Gay people who want to be married aren’t hiding anything – they are doing the best they can to make their situation legal and to have their relationships acknowledged as true love and the desire to spend the rest of their lives together. I am a heterosexual male, and as far as I know, all of the married people I interact with are heterosexual, but I can assure you they aren’t all happy.

Let’s all do a better job of managing our own wrongdoings. By doing that, the world will become a much better place. God sees all sin, and just because some of ours don’t get exposed doesn’t mean we haven’t been sinning. 

Would you like to become a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth?

Get in touch with community manager Ann Elise Taylor at ataylor@elkharttruth.com.

 


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