Have you read the 1st Amendment to our Constitution, the Supreme Law of our land? If not, I'll help you (forgive the sarcasm):
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the
freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people
peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of
Notice, please the section in RED. I shall reiterate "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; (of religion).
Now, I'll explain, simply Marriage is a RELIGIOUS RITE, not a governmental function. CIVIL UNIONS, of which you receive a "Marriage License, which in fact is a CIVIL UNION CERTIFICATE" is governments function.
Simply put, Marriage is Religious.
Civil Unions are Government recognized and subject to all of the rights, benefits and legal ramifications that can not and must not fall under a religious ceremony/rite.
Couples may and do CIVILLY UNITE outside of religious institutions. Couples unite outside of GOVERNMENT SANCTIONS and are prohibited from receiving the benefits, which the Rainbow League claims to be fighting for. They unite BY CHOICE for various and inconceivable reasons. They also marry outside of religious institutions - The Civil license which you purchase, that document you get at town hall! A civil contract between two people to share their lives, assets, child & pet custody.
Marriage is a Religious Rite, where two people agree to unite their souls, hearts and lives under the eyes of God within their Church, Temple, Mosque or Shrine. One is spiritual - Marriage, the other legal - Civil Unions.
This is the heart of the Gay Marriage issue. The overthrow of religions and the implementation of government authority over God.
They are attempting to force us to accept the Marriage in place of the Civil Union recognition. By altering state laws and federal laws, Civil Unions as each state recognizes covers the inheritance benefits of ALL COUPLES, regardless of sexual preference. The local license issued to recognize that union should be proof enough. It is not. By redefining Marriage, you redefine all religions and place them now under government control and regulation.
The calling for Marriage alters the definition BY LAW of a religious rite. In effect, they redefine a religion by telling all religions what a Marriage is by law. Therefore, if a religion recognizes same sex unions as unacceptable in the eyes of God, but is tolerant in society, government has the power to FORCE them to perform same sex marriage. They can dictate and police your chosen religion!
If you think I am wrong, look to New Jersey, where a Christian organization denied a same sex couple access to their property so they may be married. A Judge ruled in favor of the couple, stating that social justice must trump religious belief. This is wrong not only in it's violation of the 1st Amendment which I quoted at the beginning of this rant, but also violated property rights. Government can now tell you what activities can and can not be performed on your private property. Finally, what about free speech, to vocally debate ANY issue without penalty?
I do not hate gays/lesbians or anyone else. I do object when they attempt overtake my religion by imposing their dictates and mores. It is not just Christianity, of which I am a proud member, but Judaism, Islam and all others, for which I speak. They should also speak out & NOW!
Government has no business in defining a religions belief, they have no Constitutional basis in defining marriage. The LEGAL recourse is the recognition of Civil Unions. If a religion DOES recognize same sex unions, then THEY can perform that marriage, just don't demand my church does so!
So, I say, what about you?
Freedom Of Speech
- Come'ya Conservative
- People can wrap themselves inside the Constitution, spew anything they choose to say, stick their tongue out in your face and declare you can't do anything about what they said. They have Freedom of Speech. Right? Yes! However, Freedom of Speech, comes married to the responsibility for ones own actions. If you say it, write it or draw it, be ready to defend it. Cower in silence, you abdicate your freedom and allow the bullies and censurers to win.