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originally posted by: Fargoth
I always figured it was because the government doesn't want to piss off the church by forcing their hand to do something against their religion.
Part 1: Conflict over inter-racial marriage in the U.S. Anti-miscegenation laws. The Supreme Court ruling of 1967 in Loving v. Virginia.
Laws forbidding inter-racial marriage: US anti-miscegenation laws restricting marriages on the basis of race were once enforced in most states. Sometimes, they were referred to as miscegenation laws. The word comes from Latin: "miscere" (to mix) and "genus" (kind). www.religioustolerance.org...
Considering the legal government marriage license came about to prevent interracial marriage, it's in no way religious.
a reply to: PansophicalSynthesis
So, either the entire institution of marriage is illegal because it is a law in respect to an establishment of religion, thus it needs to be outlawed. Or it's agreed or settled upon that marriage is not legally related to religion, and in that respect it doesn't need to be outlawed, and should make no difference whether Homos want to call their union a marriage or not.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
originally posted by: beezzer
Marriage is a contract between two people.
The state/government has no business getting involved in anything two people decide upon.
originally posted by: Annee
So who's willing to dissolve their legal government marriage and the privileges that come with it?
I especially have my doubts those of the anti-gay marriage group are willing to do this for their cause.
Many have no qualms at denying the rights of others, but not so much when it comes to them giving up that same right.
originally posted by: crankyoldman
If you want a divorce, the government has to okay it
So I ask, why does anyone want the government involved in their relationship?
Why does anyone believe their "love" is validated by the government taking control of their "love" and their assets?
The tired excuse of "visiting ill lovers" is just total B&$%#$IT. You can sign a contract that takes care of everything the marriage contract does without having the government involved.
These are just a few of the 1400 state and federal benefits that gays and lesbians are denied by not being able to marry. Most of these benefits cannot be privately arranged or contracted for within the legal system.
You can have a wedding and children and beat each other senseless if your like and the government isn't included in the picture.
So why do people demand the government get involved in affairs of the heart? Is the government God or something? No, it replaced the god of the church and is now the authority on love.