posted on May, 22 2011 @ 12:01 PM
Atheists don't marry? That would be news to me. To throw religion into this is ridiculous. The government recognizes marriages between a man and a
woman regardless of faith. I believe there are a great number of married people that would take exception to your claim that it is a religious
BTW, friends do marry. Sometimes for social security benefits, companionship, etc. There is no law that stipulates people have to be in love to
marry. Ever heard of arranged marriages? They happen in the US too, oftentimes with Indian-American citizens, Turkish-American, etc.
Your question seems to really be alluding to -- should the government grant "special" benefits to married persons.
I do not agree that the government has the right to define marriage, which is different than recognizing it. To stipulate that marriage can only be
between a man and woman, one has to bring religion into it and that has no place in government. Obviously, erradicating religion from government
hasn't happened yet, nor am I certain that it will anytime soon.
What I don't understand is why gay people that want to "marry" would want to call it a "marriage" anyway. I never understood why marriage can't
be defined as one thing, for example between a man and a woman, and gay marriage be called something else, such as eternal union, or some other
If there is a difference between the words used to label ones sexuality, heterosexual versus homosexual, why would there also be two different terms
to describe their commitment to another?
Having said that, I believe that any label given/accepted should be granted equal rights to the term marriage, just as heterosexuals and homosexuals
are entitled to the same rights.