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Why not?

I've always said the solution to the homosexual marriage thing is to make legal marriage certificates issued by the state available to everyone (the kind issued already) and then to allow churches or whatever one's religious institution may be issue some sort of "Holy Matrimony" certificate or equivalent.

Apparently "That's what they do in Europe. You go down to the city hall and you become legally connected. You have a civil union there. Then, if you're religious, you go down to the church, and the church blesses the union. That gets the problem solved." ( quote by Tony Campolo )

So why don't we see it brought up more here as an option, and why isn't it something that people are willing to accept? We have to admit that there is the legal and the religious definitions of the term marriage - religion doesn't have a monopoly on the word... Legally its just a contract. So why not? Isn't this an everyone wins kind of thing?


Asked by bandgeek521 at 5:15 PM on Oct. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I've said the same thing all along... Marriage is a legal contract. To deny someone the ability to enter in to a legal contract simply because of sexuality is pure discrimination. Marriage on a Religious level is different because it's a spiritual union and not ruled over by the government (although for it to be legal you still need that legal contract)... So, simply separate them for everyone... I mean, you still have to go get all the same paperwork in a religious marriage as you do in a legal one, this would just mean when you pick up your marriage license you agree to your vows then, and have your ceremony separately... How is that really a big deal?

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 5:22 PM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • A person should have the right to get married regardless of sexual orientation. This is supposed to be a free country.

    Answer by browneyes27 at 5:23 PM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • Oh yeah, I forgot, we do want to be just like Europe........

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 5:20 PM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • I don't know why people get in such a twist over the issue. Gays have come one hell of a long way to acceptance in the last several years. It will happen.

    Answer by Carpy at 5:43 PM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • I think the govt needs to get out of the marriage business completely. Polygamy and same sex marriage should never have been illegal. If 2 (or 6) legal adults want to get married, it's really not the state/fed's business at all.

    Answer by soflashelley at 7:12 PM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • Alot of the same people that claim they want LITTLE to NO government in their lives want the government to restrict marriage choices

    There are churches out there that WOULD marry gay couples....

    They should have 100% the SAME RIGHTS as EVERY OTHER AMERICAN CITIZEN and that includes marrying the person of their choosing

    Answer by sweet-a-kins 7 minutes ago
    SO true. Government should have no control over personal lives,decisions. Yes, there are some truly good,accepting and loving churches who will marry Gays and Lesbians. and we should applaud them. Without equality,America will be devisive and weak.

    Answer by gertie41 at 7:34 PM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • ITA  but some refuse to entertain the possibility that Europe has anything right.


    Answer by Friday at 8:03 PM on Oct. 12, 2010

  • I think this would be the perfect solution because it is so simple and exactly why people don't want to do it. They have to make it complicated when it really isn't.

    Answer by AngiDas at 8:33 AM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • It's a free country ANYBODY regardless of sex orientation should get a marriage certificate. I believe it's against equal right snot to give it to them.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:32 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Sounds good, Bandgeek. It would really solve a lot of problems.
    And the people who are against gays having equality will have to deal with it and shut up. :-).

    Answer by gertie41 at 6:46 PM on Oct. 12, 2010