I don't begrudge anyone the right to believe as they want. You want to think that homosexuality is an abomination and a sin before God then whatever, I dont really care. But when you want to attempt to codify those beliefs into the laws of this land, a land founded on the precept that we all should be free to believe (or not) in whatever God we choose. I'm sorry, but you can go to hell.
I understand why this is such a touch topic. The work Marriage has a very religious meaning for MANY people.
Do this in a two step fashion:
1. Grant civil unions now...giving gay couples the rights they deserve.
2. Change it to marriage in the future once it is not such a lightning rod issue.
Marriage is NOT a religious institution in any way beyond ritualistic. Sure there are religious rites that are performed to sanctify a joining of two people, but just as being Confirmed in the Presbyterian church doesn't make me legally a member of that sect - being married in a church doesn't convey any legal standing. Its a ritual, nothing more.
The marriage is granted by and recognized by the local government and as such should be available to all consenting adults within the community.
Wrapping your bigotry in a religious text doesn't make it any less bigoted.
Edited by Inimicus, 08 February 2012 - 01:25 PM.