This is probably not the post you think it is.
What is Marriage, fundamentally? Do you believe that Marriage is essentially a religious ceremony or rite? I think everyone will agree that it is essentially a religious joining of two people. Can anyone explain to me why one has to have a license from a secular government in order to have a wedding?
Our Nation was founded partially on a belief that :
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
I think I can speak for everyone when I say I do not want Congress making any laws with respect to religion. I would prefer the government not try to legislate morality. They will only fail. Can you show me a more amoral group of people? Do you want them to try to create standards of morality? Ultimately an amendment defining marriage would be unconstitutional in my view, because marriage is an exercise of religion and we are protected against congress making laws governing that. We all know how good and innocent things get twisted by government. Do you really want government involved in who you will marry?
When we talk of Marriage it MUST be understood that we are discussing two concepts that have been artificially intertwined.
Who thinks that Abraham went to the Courthouse to get a marriage license to wed his wife?
A Marriage is religious. That is what happens at the church. A ‘marriage license’ is a license to form a civil partnership which can be executed by a judge or a preacher or the captain of a ship. Right now it is a ‘special’ civil partnership, and differs from a civil union. But it shouldn’t in the eyes of government.
Does everyone agree?
Then how can anyone be in favor of congress making a law in defense of marriage?
Just because a law happens to protect something you or I might agree with does not mean we should be for it!
What we need is a repeal of ANY law the government has made that affects marriage. That is the only way to truly protect “Marriage” from the Government.
I am in favor of moving any benefits or penalties the government has on Marriage, to Civil Unions. Let anyone who wants a Civil Union have a Civil Union for their Civil Rights. Marriage is a religious institution, let churches and congregations decide who they think God wants to be joined together in matrimony.
I watched the Republican Primary debates and every one of the candidates except Ron Paul is in favor of an amendment to define marriage. THAT IS WRONG, PEOPLE! Let the government define it, and in short order they will be regulating WHO can Marry. Remember You Can Only Be For The Government Being as Involved In Someone Else’s Life the Amount You Want the Government Involved In Yours. Keep that in mind and you will see things differently.