My religious marriage ceremony could not be preformed for a certain amount of time (days) had passed for the state license to be recognized. My pastor could not perform the service until it was recognized by the state.
In this day and age holy matrimony is NOT separate as you cannot have one without the other, period. It is illegal in every state, period.
The main point you are missing is that gay marriage or even gay sex is a sin. As a Christian I cannot sanction, condone or support the life style. A civil union is not a marriage, otherwise the term and legal definition of civil union would not exist.
Civil unions are legal contracts between partners that are recognized by a state or government as conferring all or some of the rights conferred by marriage, but without the implicit historical and religious meaning associated with the word "marriage."
In the United States, some states have legalized civil unions as an option for same-sex couples who cannot legally marry.
Civil unions were once distinct from domestic partnerships, but the terms are now used more-or-less interchangeably.
That should clear it up.
The Muslim, Christian or atheist in our society is free to work within the system for changes they would like. This does not mean they will succeed, but it is the American way.
This is not the rest of the world. So what they think is completely irrelevant on this issue.
According to the God you say you worship, he would not agree.
So you would condone all that which is immoral and considered wrong by the God you worship?
We are to respect the government, not condone that which we see as sinful.
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Except that your last three posts prove me right. All those diseases you list can be transmitted by strictly heterosexual sex. They have nothing to do with being gay. In fact, many gay sex practices(mutual masturbation, frotting and so on) are safer than traditional strait sex. Those things are what many "queers" do. This is why you appear to be confused on the subject. You do not seem to understand that "queers" do not adhere to your preconceived notions.
SouthernMan - I believe you're off topic. The question is, should it be stopped. If people choose to act is risky ways that affect their health, so be it so long as it doesn't affect others. That's there freedom as a United States citizen. you can have unprotected sex with a woman and that can be very dangerous too. You can't illegalize these acts for that reason. So your point isn't a point on this topic.
So the question is: do we have a right to stop them from marriage? Do we as a society have any reason to restrict their freedom to choose to marry someone of the same sex? I say what people choose to do in their lives is their choice. It won't affect my day-to-day living and it will make them happy. so why not?
To those concerned with the religious aspect of marriage: I don't understand what you're worried about. If it goes against the religion, then they won't be married under that religion by definition. So... what's your point exactly? Religion defines marriage a certain way, yes. But that doesn't mean we can't change the definition of marriage in the government. seperation of church and state.