What defines a legitimate marriage? That is one of the hotly debated topics of our age. This article is not about whether I approve, or disapprove, of any type of marriage. It is, rather, about the legality of those marriages. I think most people will agree that, fundamentally, marriage is a religious matter.
Different religions have different rules regarding marriage, with some allowing far more leeway than others. That is their right.
The United States of America has a wonderful document called the Constitution. In it, our forefathers set out rules that our government must abide by. Three of those rules apply here; freedom of religion, pursuit of happiness, separation of church and state.
Freedom of religion: We, as a people, and as individuals are guaranteed –by law– our right to freely choose our religious beliefs –including not believing at all.
Separation of church and state: Our government, legally speaking, has absolutely no right to interfere in religious matters. If a specific religion allows same sex marriage, then the priests (to use a commonly accepted term) of that religion can not be disallowed from performing marriages for those couples. The opposite holds true for the religions that claim same sex pairings are wrong. They can not be forced to perform marriages they deem as wrong, nor should they be forced to participate in any part of those ceremonies.
We, as a people, must stand firm in disallowing our government to circumnavigate the very document that protects us all. Whether we agree or disagree on any given subject is not the point. The point is; every time we allow our government to legislate on matters that are beyond their purview, we set precedence in allowing them to whittle away our rights.
If we keep doing it, we will wake up one day to find that any rights we thought we once had will be gone and we will be living in a country that is democracy in name only.
Stand up for our great country, and the individual rights that we are all supposed to have. Standing up for the Constitution of the United States of America does not mean you believe same sex marriage is right or wrong, it simply means you care about the direction this country is headed, and how far we have come from the country that was meant to be a safe-haven for the persecuted. If we allow our government to legislate our pursuit of happiness, however we may choose to go about it, we will all regret it.