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    Re: If there was a National Vote on Equal rights for gays, what would you do. [W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    I'm not saying don't have anything of the sort, but marriage should be a wholly religious thing. I understand what being married legally entails. They should just call it something else. Call it a civil union when people are married legally. I'm saying people should be able to be married religiously without being married legally and be able to be married legally but not necessarily religiously.
    No it shouldn't. Religion does not own marriage. Just because they believe they do doesn't make it true. Marriage existed long before religions practiced today, and in most cultures, without much if an religious intervention at all. In fact, even in Christianity, marriage was considered a private matter between the couple and/or their family, not the church, for almost a millennium.

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    Since contracts are currently protected and governed in large part by the state, and family relationships are tracked by the state, then that means the state has a legitimate interest in being involved in marriage, at least to the same degree that they track things such as parent/child legal kinships. The church however has no legal claim to marriage. While it is fine if they are involved for those who wish them to be, they do not own marriage or have any exclusive right to decide who can get married.
    "A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt

    Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.

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    Re: If there was a National Vote on Equal rights for gays, what would you do. [W:72]

    Quote Originally Posted by DashingAmerican View Post
    I'm not saying don't have anything of the sort, but marriage should be a wholly religious thing. I understand what being married legally entails. They should just call it something else. Call it a civil union when people are married legally. I'm saying people should be able to be married religiously without being married legally and be able to be married legally but not necessarily religiously.
    Dude what do you think a wedding in a church is, compared to swinging by the nearest town hall for a wedding license? That is religious vs secular marriage. There's no need to change anything, except that some are uncomfortable with sharing a word with a group they don't particularly like. That's not good enough

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