I really do not get the flap over gay marriage. A marriage performed by the church is not approved by the state until you file the forms. Why shouldn’t the opposite be true? Why aren’t the religious people who oppose same-sex unions saying “Marriage isn’t REAL unless its with a church.”? Then if you believe what that church believes, you follow their rules and if you don’t then your wishes are known by the state for the purpose of legal authority (e.g. who can decide things on your behalf when you’re in a coma) and inheritance.
I do not believe state marriage should provide benefits beyond that. I don’t think the tax rate should be different for single & married people. The ability to claim deductions for dependents should be the same.
I believe profoundly in the separation of church and state. Which is just one more reason the Bush-Cheney administration is not representing the America I want to live in.
Oh, okay, I know why the religious people are causing a flap. They want to use the state to dictate their brand of morality. They want a theocracy.
And why do their protests all sound so much like the arguments against emancipating the slaves or giving the vote to women or ensuring civil rights regardless of race? The whole idea of a single, unchanging document thousands of years old which is supposed to dictate right and wrong for eternity is so strange. It’s just alien to me that educated adults believe that simplistic view of the universe with a big father figure who knows all and will make everything right.
If I didn’t love this beautiful place where I was born so much, if most of my friends and family weren’t here, I’d move somewhere less overbearingly theist.