Originally Posted by Prison Bitch
Great, so you don't believe in forcing gay marriage onto those of us who don't accpet it religiously? I mean, you did say you respected my religious belief and you don't like forcing views onto other people.
I'm not going to force YOUR church to perform it.
I'm not going to force YOU to attend a church that agrees with gay marriage.
There's a separation of the RELIGIOUS institution of marriage and the SECULAR institution of marriage.
The religious institution involves obtaining a blessing/convocation from a religious leader, who supervises a religious ceremony that joins a couple in the sight of their god. It is handled on a church by church basis.
The secular institution provides a variety of legal rights, including: Natural inheritance, health care choices/decisions, health care access, tax benefits, home owner benefits, etc.
Different ideals. The secular institution is about rights afforded to one population that are currently withheld from another population based on what that population is/looks like. That falls under equal rights protections, in my opinion and the opinion of many others. The religious institution is about the right of a religion to define what it believes is morally correct and what it will or will not condone.
Freedom of Religion protects a religion's right to individually define what marriage is and set rules for performing a ceremony.
For example, a Catholic church is not forced to perform a marriage if one member of a couple refuses to attend the "Pre-marital" counseling the priests often want to conduct. it is not forced to perform a marriage in its chapel if one member of a couple refuses to agree to raise any children "in the church."