Day 18 → Your views on gay marriage.
This could get me in trouble because people get so heated up about this... But here we go.
The way I see it, marriage stopped being a religious convention when the state stepped in. The state/the government/etc. The moment that there were legal implications of becoming married, religion became an alternate in the marriage 'game'. Sometimes religion plays, sometimes it doesn't, depending on the couple.
The reason I bring religion into it is because that's the reason a lot of people site for being against gay marriage.
Okay. Now that's established.
Two people love each other, they kiss, they are pronounced married, they sign a license which is then filed with the government, not the local church. So why do religious views have to get into it? Atheists and agnostics have been getting married for a long, long time, and religion doesn't say "you shouldn't be wed because you don't believe in God/god/gods" etc. In many of those weddings, religions have nothing to do with it. They even get a celebrant instead of a religious figure to perform the ceremony. And it is still perfectly legitimate in the eyes of the government.
So why can't gay people do that too?
They are two people. They are in love. They want the joy of filing joint taxes, too. What does it matter what they do in the bedroom? Nobody cares what agnostics do in the bedroom.
If a preacher/priest/whatever isn't keen on officiating gay marriages, then that's his choice. If a church doesn't want those kind of weddings in their church, whatever. But to dictate government policy - that's why I mentioned government first - on religious views that not everyone holds is silly. What happened to separation of church and state? That little ol' thing in the constitution?
For me, you can't have both the government view of marriage and the religious restrictions on marriage. It makes the entire institution hypocritical.
Have religious weddings. Have non-religious weddings. Have whatever weddings you want. But until religion removes government policies based on and around 'the couple', religion shouldn't dictate who can be a couple.
'There is so much good in the worst of us and bad in the best of us that it behooves any one of us to find fault with the rest of us.' - Anonymous
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