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If marriage is a religious institution and so many oppose gay marriage for that reason- what about people who marry who don't believe in God?

I was thinking about why so many oppose gay marriage and most of the time it is for religious reasons- that God created marriage and it is a religious sacrament- but what about people who don't believe in God- is their marriage okay but two men or two women are somehow different? Isn't it worse to not believe in God at all than to just be gay?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:03 PM on Apr. 1, 2013 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Marriage is actually a legal transaction.... but somehow some religions have claimed it as their own

    Answer by Crafty26 at 3:07 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Marriage is NOT a religious institution. They just like to think it is. It's a legal transaction like PP said.

    Answer by LostSoul88 at 3:08 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Holy matrimony is one of the even sacraments in the Catholic church, and it also has a significance in many Protestant churches. Marriage, on the other hand, is a legal relationship entered into in the secular arena, with or without religious overtones.

    Answer by Ballad at 3:08 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Marriage is a legal transaction like Mavi said. It really has nothing to do with the church unless that's where you choose to get married. I was married by my town mayor.

    Answer by funlovinlady at 3:11 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Like who said FLL?? LOL

    Answer by Crafty26 at 3:13 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • There is a difference between "holy matrimony" the act of getting married by a priest, preacher, rabbi or etc & "marriage". Marriage is a legal contract. Everyone who was not married by a church official, actually had what is referred to as a "civil ceremony" & never entered into the so-called "bonds of holy matrimony". But, by signing a marriage license, their ceremony was considered "legal". This is really all most gay people want, to be able to have a civil ceremony & to sign a marriage license. By, the same token though, simply having a church ceremony does not make a marriage legal either, the license must still be signed. So, "holy matrimony" is not legally binding.

    Answer by 3libras at 3:14 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • You crafty lol. My bad biatch!!!

    Answer by funlovinlady at 3:15 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • Sorry, I meant to say Holy Matrimony is one of the "seven" sacraments of the CatholicChurch, not "even" sacraments.

    Answer by Ballad at 3:28 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • In the Christian faith, marriage is a picture of Christ(the Bride-groom) and the Church(the Bride of Christ). God stated that one of its main purposes was to express the spiritual union of Christ and the Church. Marriage is a covenant relationship, again signifying the covenant between Christ and the Church. So, marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman in which they promise to be a faithful husband and a faithful wife in a new one-flesh union as long as they both shall live. This covenant, sealed with solemn vows, is designed to showcase the covenant-keeping grace of God. It is my opinion that most Christians who have the above understanding of marriage and its high purpose object not so much to homosexuals living together in relationship to one another as to their insisting that relationship be named "marriage". The objection is to redefining the word "marriage" from its true meaning as defined by God Himself.

    Answer by NannyB. at 3:48 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

  • if marriage is a religious institution then why hasnt that reasoning been used in the Supreme Court cases? oh yeah, cause it isnt.

    the US govt has its hand in marriage and that pretty much kills any reasoning behind why gays cant get married (and get the same rights & benefits). a church sanctioned marriage is not the same as a govt sanctioned marriage which is why those who dont believe in the Judeo-Christian God are "allowed" to get married.

    Answer by okmanders at 3:51 PM on Apr. 1, 2013

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