hotnrough saidAs bi man im all for gay rights, with that said it strongly believe that gay marriage should remain illegal. In my opinion marriage is governed by the church and the state should have no say in it what so ever. Marriage, until quite recently, was controlled by the church; since its inception marriage has been the union of a man and a women in a religious ceremony. I hate the fact that states( gov'ts) has managed to make a profit off marriages and that something that once had religious connotation is now controlled by the state. Gay couples in my eyes are entitled to civil unions because they don't carry a religious value; however according to most if not all religions homosexuality is a sin, thus the reason for not condoning gay marriages. Religion and state must be separated and marriage is clearly a religious issue. I would like point out that i am not a very religious man, however i do respect the right of religions to exist and maintain sovereignty over religious aspects.
I don't want to offend anybody i simply want to know ur views on this topic, if you dont agree with what i say i dont care it's my right to have an opinion and will not be ashamed or apologize for my beliefs.
OK, well first I thought your views were interesting but fair, then I read the last line and your cockiness is overwhelming...geez. Also, marriage is NO LONGER a religious sacrament only. The fact that you have to go to the STATE and get a MARRIAGE license is clear evidence that the sacramental portion of marriage is entirely different than that of the what the state requires. If your 'opinion' is to have any validity then you'll have to explain how the church puts up with all those heterosexuals who married within the church but never attend worship or, better yet, all those heterosexuals married in the neon chapels of Las Vegas or by Justice of the Peace (a political, not religious position) with no emphasis on the religious (sacramental) part of marriage. As for when the state took over the legality of marriage is not important, however the signing of a marriage certificate by a minister was a privilege afforded to them by the STATE to reduce the volume on state employees (whatever position legally is responsible in each state). Legalizing marriage has NO effect what so ever on the religious side of marriage. As a sacrament, those who attend or desire to have their vows blessed within the church are free to do so but even today, AS THINGS ARE NOW, NO heterosexual can go into the church and be married WITHOUT a marriage license from the STATE. NO, it is NOT a religious thing! We do NOT live in a theocracy. The implications of being married, in the eyes of the government, are the availability of having certain rights granted by the state (NOT THE CHURCH) and as it stands now, those are afforded to a single group of individuals making the 'other' group, a distinctively discriminated class of people who's equal rights are being denied by the state.
Oh and "if you dont agree with what i say i dont care it's my right to have an opinion and will not be ashamed or apologize for my beliefs".