I guess I should start by saying that I don’t believe in “gay marriage”.
And I just heard a *pop* as all the fundamentalist gay’s heads collectively exploded.
(Now ask me if I believe in heterosexual marriage– I don’t).
“Marriage” is a touchy subject and I knew as soon as the gays started pushing for marriage rights it was a mistake. I mean, basically as long as there are Christians in the government and Christian folk electing those officials, you ain’t gonna win.
I’ve always subscribed to the philosophy that marriage should be between one man and one woman. In a chuch. In the eyes of God. Period.
And because marriage is obviously a religious institution (holy matriony, officiated by priests, joined in the eyes of God, etc) that is should have NO place in government whatsoever.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”– First Amendment
Giving married people all sorts of tax benefits, visitation rights, adoption rights, etc smacks to me of a violation of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.
That’s why I think just because God and your Priest recognize that you are together until death (or divorce or annulment should you part) shouldn’t give you squat.
I believe in “Civil Unions”. I think if you want the government to recognize your joined status, you need to get a Civil Union and make it all legal and official. THEN you should get all the government bennies.
And Civil Unions should be available to ALL folks, otherwise it’s blatant discrimination. So sayeth the Supreme Court in the decision in Brown vs Board of Education where “separate” was determined to “not be equal”.
So, I say leave stupid, stinky marriage to the straights and fight for Civil Unions for all instead.
Yes, I know that I’m a crackpot, and this is just as much of an uphill battle. But at least I think it’s a battle that has legal arguments that can be made in it’s favor.
When the word “marriage” is involved… you’ll never win. Just ask the divorce lawyers.