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    I disagree with you on this: “I don’t think the government deserves any right to say that anyone can get married.” (unless I’m misunderstanding that statement, because it could be taken two ways)

    I just read an article right before reading your blog and thought it was a stark comparison to what you said here. “It should be noted that the right to marry is one of the most frequently denied rights we have. People who are already married, 12-year-olds, and people who are too closely related are just a few categories of people routinely and/or categorically denied the right to marry. Hence, the charge that it is wrong to deny any person a “fundamental right” rings hollow. There has always been, and, by necessity, will always be discrimination in marriage laws.” You should read the article this comes from. It’s very well thought out.


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      Hi Jessica, thank you for visiting and for sharing your comments.

      My point is, and has been, that marriage is a religious institution. Marriage, and the intimacy that follows, are gifts from God — not the government. I don’t want us to act like the government has authority over something that it doesn’t. Further to that, it’s about precedent. I don’t want a pattern of the government restricting the freedoms and liberties of consenting adults whose actions don’t prohibit the freedoms of others.

      Jesus never promised or commanded us to institutionalize his teachings into a legal system. Christianity thrived for 300 years when we were a condemned faith; our faith was never meant to be a political system, so why should we get up in arms when it isn’t?

      My last point:
      We get married by pastors and priests, divorced by judges and lawyers, but want politicians and registered voters decide who can do it. So who’s in charge of it?

      Gay marriage and straight divorce are both sins. Until we ask the government to stop divorce, we should really be quiet about gay marriage.

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        Thanks, Frank, for your response. I understand your point and it’s hard to understand why the government is even involved in making decisions around marriage. But it is involved and the question at hand unfortunately is not “Should the government have authority over the institution of marriage?” The laws are there to protect the citizens and I understand why they are there. We thankfully have the chance to vote on the matter. So when I have that chance, I can’t choose to side with “gay marriage” when it’s a sin. The law and my faith are weird to figure out because it’s all mixed together in how I view the world and how I vote, but it’s quite separate as well because I live by a higher authority. It almost makes me throw my hands up and say, “Well, it won’t matter in the end.” Horrible, I know. I appreciate your discussion on this and I think I understand your viewpoint. Still working on mine, I suppose.

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