I believe in the sepperation of Church and State, and when it comes to the business of "marriage" we either need to get the Church out of it, or the State.
Either strip from all the clergy in America the ability to sign the legal document binding two people together in the eyes of the State...you could still have a religious ceremony, but either way you need to go before a Judge to sign the paper.
Get the State out of it. Nix the tax benefits. Nix the insurance. Nix automatic inheritance. Nix all the legal rights. Make marriage purely religious.
Take the church out of the civil contract that we call marriage. If one chooses to have a religious ceremony or blessing that is their perogative but for state recognition and benefits have a judge, clerk or JoP handle it.
Answer by Friday at 12:52 PM on May. 15, 2009
God didn't invent marriage, unless he sanctioned all the Roman, Navajo, Hindu, and OTHER marriages formed by OTHER religions with OTHER Gods. The Mayans had marriage, the Incas had marriage, most indigenous tribes who had never heard of the Christian God had marriage.
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Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:10 PM on May. 14, 2009
Why can't it be both? The idea of separation of Church and State was set in place so the government couldn't dictate a religion over everyone (like they did in England causing the Puritans to leave and come to America. . . ) So as long as the government doesn't try dictating what church you have to get married at or try to force churches to marry those that go against their beliefs (read same sex marriage) then it shouldn't be any problem. On the flip side I don't feel the Church should have any say in a government performing or recognizing a marriage (again read same sex marriage) Just my opinion. . .
Answer by chrissmom734 at 11:45 PM on May. 14, 2009
Baptism and christening are no longer the legal way to name a baby or pick guardians for your child. And when my atheist BIL got married, he had a JP and insisted God wouldn't be mentioned in any way, shape or form. Yet we still call that a marriage.
I would be comfortable having legal unions for everyone, and than have Church marriages separate. I've heard that is how they do it in Germany.
Answer by mancosmomma at 12:42 AM on May. 15, 2009
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