Many people are too hung up on the word “marriage”. Marriage was/is a religious institution and our government does not belong in the church. Everyone: man and woman, man and man, woman and woman, should be allowed to enter into a union together as a couple regardless of what others beliefs are; if they are together its their business, no one elses. If people then want to get “married” they can go to church and have a ceremony. If your religion doesn’t support a marriage between same sex couples then people can convert or just remain as they are– legally bound in a union. Every couple in the US that gets “married” has to get a legal document stating that they are wed in a legal relationship that is recognized by the state. That is why when people get divorced they have to legally dissolve the relationship. People can get “married” all day long in a religious ceremony, but that doesn’t mean it will be recognized by the state until they apply for the license legalizing their union. That doesn’t mean that the person you are in a union with is not your husband or wife; because when two people enter into a union, whether they chose or do not chose to have a “marriage” ceremony in the church, they then become one another’s spouse with all the legal connotations associated with it. The battles being fought here are becoming too wrapped up on the language of who and who should not get “married”. The state, or the government’s, only place is to help us govern the legal rights and obligations that come when two people agree to join their lives. Many politicians say that they agree with civil unions, but disagree with same sex “marriages”, but the government’s only concern should be with the legal union regardless of the sex of the individuals entering into it and allow the churches to decide on which individuals should be allowed to “marry”.
Posted on July 15, 2008 by Amber Fite