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Attention Fellow Hoosiers!

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Valentine’s Day

As the country of Italy is known for it’s romance, it seems only fitting that this would be the home of the first Valentine, or as he was known, Father Valentino. Valentino was a priest in the city of Rome during the third century. Valentino was unfortunate enough to live under the rule of Emperor Claudius II, otherwise known as Claudius the Cruel, a terrible persecutor of Christians. Another reason for his being known as Claudius the Cruel, were his bloody military campaigns. The military was having a difficult time recruiting new soldiers, for these crusades. Claudius decided this was because the men did not want to leave their wives and families. His solution to the problem was to outlaw marriage.

Valentino was convinced that marriage was instituted by God, and no man-made law could do away with it. He continued to perform marriages, but always in secret. Then the inevitable happened. One of their clandestine ceremonies was discovered. The newly married couple escaped, but Valentino was caught, cast into prison and sentenced to death.

Several interesting things occurred during Valentino’s imprisonment. People would come to the prison to show their support for the priest. When they were not allowed to see him, they resorted to throwing notes and flowers through a window of the prison.
A young woman was in charge of bringing Valentino’s meals. He soon discovered that she was the blind daughter of the jailer. During his time in prison, Valentino witnessed to her continually, and prayed for her healing. God miraculously restored her site, which caused the jailer, Asterius, to plead for Claudius to spare Valentino’s life. Alas, it was to no avail. Valentino had been sentenced to be clubbed, stoned, and beheaded. His execution was carried out on February 14, 269. It is said that Valentino left a farewell note to the jailer’s daughter, which he signed, “From your Valentine.”

On this Valentine’s Day, let us remember men, like Valentino, who agreed with Acts 5:29 and said, “We ought to obey God rather than men.” We face a problem very similar to that of the Romans in 269. If America changes her definition of marriage, she may as well do away with it altogether. So far Congress has decided to leave this issue at the state level.

In Indiana, Senate Joint Resolution 7 has been passed out of committee and will now go before the full Senate. The proposed amendment states:
“(a) Marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one man and one
woman.
(b) This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to
require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be
conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.”

Please call your state senator and House Speaker Pat Bauer and give them this message:
“Please vote in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 7. Give citizens in
Indiana an opportunity to have their voices heard in support of
preserving traditional marriage.”

In case you don’t already know who your state senator is, you can find that information here .

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