There are two separate aspects of marriage, the physical act of marrying, and the actual marriage of the husband and wife.
Government needs to stay out of the religious rites of marrying. Religious organizations need to be free to perform marriages based on their religious beliefs. Government intrusion into religious rites, including marriages, is a clear breech of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. By re-defining marriage, the government is dictating to religious organizations what they legally must accept as the definition of marriage thereby restricting their free exercise there of.In my post, I discussed the government getting out of “marriage” by redefining it to “civil union.” After reading the above post, I am rethinking my position on that aspect. It diminishes marriage. The last thing I want is for marriage to be diminished into a legal contract. It’s too important for that.
So what about defining marriage, marriage is already defined, the government does not need to re-define it in order to make some people happy. They are too busy trying to “not offend” everyone that everyone loses. I once again reiterate, not one religious rite is applicable to every person. That’s just the way it is. Marriage is no different. Not every celebration of the birth of a baby is a Baptism, not every rite of the passage into adulthood is a bar mitzvah. I'll never be queen of the gay pride parade and I'm ok with that. You would think the liberals, with their cries of “diversity now” would embrace differences instead trying to make marriage cookie cuttings. One size does not fit all and marriage does not fit everyone.
But here's the dilemma. As I’ve stated, the federal government, is too involved in people’s lives, too many regulations, too many restrictions.This is not what our founders had in mind. The federal government has complicated everything it touches and intruded into areas that do not fall under it’s role. The federal government should be concerned with the protection and preservation of our country as a whole, not the bits and pieces.That is why we have state and local governements, to care for the bits and pieces.If the federal government wants to tax, it should be a general tax, a flat tax, that is for everyone, the whole, equally.It should be applied to caring for the whole of the country, for it’s defense etc., not for caring for bits and pieces. Again, the bits and pieces are for state and local to care for. To that end, marriage should fall under State and local governments, not federal.
To recap: Like it or not, marriage is marriage and not everyone fits. Government should not interfere by dictating to religious organizations about marriage.