80% of marriages are performed in churches or synagogues. This makes marriage a largely religious institution.
Really? Interesting you say this. I wonder if you could tell me who licenses 100% of those marriages?
I think the person who licenses and tracks and record keeps these marriages are the institution that controls marriage.
And do religions do that? Uh, no. Lets face it, the religious aspect of marriage is really not important in the least in this country. The religious aspect of it is simple show. It is nothing else.
If the DOMA is replaced with a national gay marriage act, the government will unnecessarily create a conflict between freedom of religion and the civil rights of homosexuals
Not in the least. I wonder how often people get tired of being wrong and I come here and find that some people never tire of it.
Tell me, did the government force churches to marry interracial marriages? Did Loving create a conflict between freedom of religion and the civil rights movement?
As such, I suggest that all civil rights currently associated with marriage be granted through civil unions. In other words, government needs to get out of the marriage business.
The final solution to a anti-guy person who sees the writing on the wall...
What you don't realize is that the government has been in the marriage business for hundreds of years.
If gays want to be "married", they can set up their own institutions outside the realm of religion for this purpose.
Why would they do this? More and more religions are ok with marrying gay people. They just aren't recognized by the state yet.
Marriage would essentially become a private matter completely separate from government which it should be since liberals are so intent on separation of church and state.
Kinda late for that, don't you think? You want to undo hundreds of years of legal precedents by changing some basic laws of the government? All because of why? You are afraid of two men getting married?
This belief is just ridiculous.
It tires me that stupidity has been given reign so long in our country. It tires me to think that the supreme court is afraid to make a ruling that they know is right because of stupidity. It tires me that stupidity through a centuries old book thrown together by a bunch of people hundreds of years after the possible existence of an unproven person that has multiple mistakes in it and is constantly being retranslated to correct for mistakes is being used as a reason why we shouldn't allow this even though freedom of religion is one of the basic tenants of our country. I am tired of the stupidity that feels that freedom of religion means people are free to be christian and only christian. I am tired of the stupidity out there that believes this is a christian nation.
In short I am tired of lots of stupidity and it all seems to dovetail in this issue. The time of stupidity is coming to an end. Whether it comes quickly or more slowly, it is coming.
And when it does come, all of the stupid people will pretend they were not stupid during this time.