if you don't want the government "involved" in your marriage, don't file a marriage certificate. It really IS that easy. But you don't get to take it away from the rest of us, and I don't even know why you would want to. You already have the freedom to have a "religious only" marriage if that's what you want, so I don't get why you "keep the state out of marriage" types don't just go for it and do what you want, and leave the rest of us to do what we want. *shrug*
Mom to Lee, Jake, Brandon, Rocco
Stepmom to Ryan, Regan, Braden, Baley
Granddaughters Kylie 10/18/2010 & Aleya 4/22/2013
I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosopy, as a cause for withdrawing from a friend. --Thomas Jefferson
Gloria~lets all get swords then! That would be interesting wouldn't it? We shouldn't worry about mundane things ....as in not to worry about earthly affairs vs. heavenly affairs...correct? Then same sex marriage would be mundane. It's an earthly affair. Around here it is common!
Same here. We got married because we wanted an "official" family, there's something beautiful and permanent about marriage that has nothing to do with religion. It has tremendous meaning for me. We created a family together (even before we had kids) by getting married, pledging our love and eternal devotion to each other in front of our nearest & dearest. (We had a very small wedding.) We LOVE being married. It means a lot to me to be a wife and for Dave to be my husband. He's not my boyfriend or my civil union guy or my partner. . .he's my husband, forever and ever.
It's the same way I have morality and believe in good and bad, right and wrong, without religion. It took my husband a while to understand that as his comes from God and the Bible, but now he understands. (He is also pro-gay marriage, and he reads the Bible a lot and goes to church and participates in services.)
What I meant, was what is the purpose for the Government to be involved if it is not for taxes and other legal rights. What is accomplished in a service with a legal marriage certificate that is not accomplished in a service without one, other than tax benefits and Next of kin status?