Within the religious perview, sure. The state cannot tell the church what it can and cannot do inside the church, with a few notable exceptions such as violating non-taxable statutes. The church has zero say in what the state does as well. Since we're talking about a purely legal and therefore secular statute, it doesn't matter if the religious like it or not, it's none of their business. They are prohibited, through the separation of church and state statutes, from imposing their religious views on the secular government.Originally Posted by The Mark
I don't care if they like it or not, to be perfectly honest. Churches are not forced to accept interracial marriages, interfaith marriages, or *ANY* marriages for that matter. No one is forcing churches to perform marriages at all. What religion likes or what it will accept is entirely irrelevant to the question and introducing religion at all into the mix is pointless. It's none of their damn business.I was attempting to point out that some religions might be unwilling, per their beliefs, to accept a marriage between two persons of the same sex as a valid/legal one.
Regardless of the secularity or non-secularity of the word, if they considered it part of their religion…It seemed to me that, under that premise, making same-sex marriage legal would violate the 1st amendment.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who, in "equalizing" marriage would rather see *NO* marriage at all than giving everyone equal rights under the current system. Like it or not, legal marriage is not going away. Society has a vested interest in people getting legally married and the idea that marriage goes the way of the dodo is simply not going to stand up to a popular vote. Therefore we're left with accepting equality under the current laws, no matter how much it might cheese off the religious.I am all for equalizing the existing laws. In fact, I thought that is what I was arguing for.