With Justice for ALL (quote from the pledge of allegience U.S.A.)
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Thursday August 2, 2001
On December 3,1993, J and D were joined together in marriage, before God and one witness. We were so committed to each other that we renewed our vows to each other and God on July 30, 1994, in a Christian Ceremony for our friends and family. I hold a very strong belief in the commitment of our marriage vows. I stand before you being "sued" and forced to forsake my marriage vows.
I realize that our laws are to be respected, and I fully appreciate the justice system. However, in a country where divorce rates are at an all time high, and here in Nebraska the divorce rate is over 50%, it seems ironic that someone convicted of murder might have a better chance at acquittal than a person committed to the concept that there is no such thing as an "irreconcilable" marriage.
My husband, J, is an ordained minister, and knows divorce is not an option for us. He does not have the authority under the laws of Almighty God, which we live by, to issue me a decree of divorcement. We vowed in sickness and in health, Jim has a sickness, he has an addiction. This is not a reason for divorce, but a reason to seek help. I greatly respect the laws of the land, but divorce is not the answer. I believe I made vows "for as long as we both shall live"." What God has joined together, let no man put asunder."
[Revised Statutes of Nebraska; Chapter 42-360 and 42- 808] Mediation or Counseling Requirements: A dissolution of marriage will not be granted until reasonable effort for reconciliation has been made. If it appears to the court that there is some reasonable possibility of reconciliation, dissolution of marriage actions may be transferred to a conciliator court or the spouses may be referred to a qualified marriage counselor, family service agency, or other agency which provides conciliation services, Official conciliation counselors are available in counties if over 250,00 persons.
I truly love my husband and am saddened by the steps he feels are necessary, to legally end our marriage due to his illness. I pray for God's blessings in our lives, I truly feel that reconciliation would be His plan for our marriage. The door will always be open for his return.
Mrs. D A. L
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