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Legalizing same-sex marriage is not oppressing Christianity. There are religions that forbid people from eating cows or pigs, yet no one in their right mind would try to make beef and pork illegal in America. Religious arguments against same-sex marriage are invalid, amirite?

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Redefining religios traditions in a country where we have freedom of religion is illegal.

Equal rights and marriage would not be mutually exclusive if the government would stay out of marriage altogether and allow anyone cohabitating, who wishes, to apply for and receive the same benefits that are allowed to married couples.

B3CKVHs avatar B3CKVH No Way +7Reply
@B3CKVH Redefining religios traditions in a country where we have freedom of religion is illegal. Equal rights and...

The government should be allowed to do legal unions only (so that the individuals in the union are equally protected). Each church should be free to define marriage in the way that best suites their needs. That way, if someone is hell-bent on marrying someone of their own gender, they'll need to do it in a church that recognizes that. Problem solved.

PhilboydStudges avatar PhilboydStudge Yeah You Are -1Reply

Considering that marriage was invented by and for the religious community, the government deciding who should be allowed to practice it and who shouldn't is about on par with them deciding who is and isn't allowed to be baptized.
What they need to be looking at is not who can and can not marry, but rather why marriage holds so much legal weight when realistically it's no more sacred than Christmas.

I'm Christian, and I'm all for gay marriage. The way I see it, one of the basic principles of Christianity is love. Jesus taught us to show love towards one another. And preventing two people who really are in love with each other from getting married...that's not showing love. Telling them the can't do what they want because of who they are isn't love. It's hate.

That's very true, particularly in a country that prides itself on freedom and democracy. If America had developed as a theocracy then this would be a different discussion.

If they are capable of understanding what a marriage is, I say let them.

At first I was going to say "If they can sign the papers", however that would ostracize anyone without hands or fine motor control.

Basunos avatar Basuno Yeah You Are +1Reply

That's why not many (intelligent) people actually base their argument on religion.

Also in a country by, of, and for the people, the people are allowed to represent whatever point of view they want whether or not that view stems from religion

@WinniethePooh That's why not many (intelligent) people actually base their argument on religion. Also in a country by, of, and...

They are entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to that opinion becoming law.

Readzs avatar Readz Yeah You Are +1Reply
@Readz They are entitled to their own opinion, but they are not entitled to that opinion becoming law.

In America, we rule by majority. If the majority of people believe something is or isn't right then they are absolutely entitled to make that a law. If you don't like living by the majority, you don't have to live here.

The constitution guarantees freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM it. The difference is you have the freedom to choose who, how, and why you worship if you want to at all. Freedom from religion (which is not an actual thing) says that nobody else's religious views will have the most remote impact on your life.

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