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CHAPTER 8:
RELIGION

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GAY MARRIAGE IS PROHIBITED women seeking women houston BY MY RELIGION

 

The argument is simple, and doesn’t women seeking women houston require a whole lot of explaining. It is the single women seeking women edmonton most frequently cited rationale for opposing women seeking women houston the legalization of gay marriage.35 For many if not most Americans, marriage is thought women seeking women for fun to be a religious institution inextricably linked with the Judeo-Christian women seeking women for friendship moral ethic. Since the grand majority women seeking women for friendship of Jewish and Christian sects oppose women seeking women dubai gay marriage, many contend that it should remain illegal period women seeking women for friendship.


The very definition of democracy.

A) America is a Secular State

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institutions. Though many faiths women seeking women houston tx currently perform same-sex marriage women seeking women edmonton “ceremonies,” these ceremonies have no legal recognition women seeking women dubai as civil marriages. A heterosexual couple women seeking women gauteng similarly can have a religious marriage ceremony, but unless women seeking women facebook they file papers with the state that ceremony has no legal women seeking women in houston tx significance. Conversely, a couple does not need the blessing of a religious women seeking women dubai institution to marry – women seeking women edmonton atheists and others who choose not to have a religious ceremony women seeking women for friendship need only fill out a marriage license at City Hall to legally wed.

Just as the state does not dictate which ceremonies a religion can perform or recognize, religious sects should not be able to dictate who receives a civil marriage license. Even if most Americans have a profound religious objection to same-sex marriage, denying even one gay couple the right to wed on religious grounds is a gross violation of our country’s commitment to the separation of church and state.
 
Not convinced by argument A? How about the opposite end of the spectrum?
 
B) Freedom of Religion
 
On the other hand, if one fails to note a disjunction between the religious institution of marriage and its secular counterpart, arguing the alternative — that the religious and secular components of marriage are inherently and inextricably linked — proves equally effective on religious freedom grounds.
At present, the Unitarian/Universalist Church, the United Church of Christ, the Metropolitan Community Church, Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism all recognize same-sex marriage as an intricate part of their religion. If the religious and secular components of marriage are truly linked, then a strong case could be made that the government’s failure to sanction gay marriage is a violation of our constitution’s guarantee of freedom of religion. Moreover, the government, by not legalizing gay marriage, is valuing some religious ceremonies over others (for instance, a marriage ceremony performed by the Methodist Church rather than the United Church of Christ), an example of government favoritism clearly forbidden by the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.
 
Below is a little history lesson. Christianity, historically, has valued neither procreation nor marriage all that much for most of its existence.
 
C) Marriage and Christianity
 
Finally, those who claim that marriage is a vital, fundamental and immutable facet of the Christian religion should be greeted with a healthy dose of historical skepticism. Despite its import in recent times, Christianity has been most notable for its insistence on the preferability of lifestyles other than family units – priestly celibacy, voluntary virginity (even for the married), and monastic community life.36 While it may seem like the biological family has always been the central unit of Christian life, this is simply not the case. As John Boswell noted above, Christianity was, for the most part, ambivalent about marriage for much of its history.
But even if in recent times marriage has come to play a vital role in the Christian religion, the idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies of the church’s position certainly work to undermine its credibility. Bishop John Shelby Spong of the Episcopal Church, for instance, notes that the church regularly blesses fox hunts, homes, and even warships: “The church has no problem blessing a vehicle whose sole function is to reign nothing but death and destruction, yet refuses to bless the union of two people who are in love.”37
 

THE GOOD BOOK

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