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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
Anyway, I'm not sure what this new "system" would accomplish. If it's the so-called tax breaks (which I've never seen) that rankle you, get rid of those.There is no particular form or ceremony required except that the parties must state in the presence of an authorized public official or authorized member of the clergy and at least one other witness that each takes the other as his or her spouse. There is no minimum age for a witness. However, in selecting a witness, choose at least one person who you feel would be competent to testify in a court proceeding as to what he or she witnessed.
I know many devout Christians who read and study the Bible and have come to very different conclusions from the two of you. They even belong to churches who share their beliefs. Crazy, right?
Yes. They are filing the paperwork with the GOVERNMENT. Marriage would still involve the government, and gay people could have it, is that what you are saying? You guys have totally lost me, and I'm not being snarky, I just really don't understand what you are talking about here.
I find it incredibly presumptions for you to tell anyone that they are or are not a christian, or to tell them to find a new religion. Perhaps you should just remember what Christ says about judging, and remember your place. You are not responsible for Jessica's soul, and frankly your approach is hardly christ like, so you can either continue to look ugly and be a terrible example of Christ, or you could just let it go.
I know...I am confused too. So what's the problem with gay people getting married if you guys don't think marriage matters all that much, which is where these posts are going?
I believe you want the church/religion to own the term married and keep it from everyone else, and that's what you're driving at, leaving the rest of us heathens to have "whatever unions" we want, in our crazy madness, without letting us call it marriage.
I'm so confused by this point of view.
I fully believe in marriage, and I also think heterosexuals have made an absolute mockery of the institute of marriage.
When I say that I want government out of marriage I mean I want them to stop making laws regulating it. In my opinion marriage is between the adults, and for people like DH and I we invite Christ to be the center of our marriage. Government does not have the power to say who should and should not marry. Any adults that are consenting should be able to enter a union, and the government should honor what that relationship is. My grandmothers best friend lived with her cousin for over 30 years after both their husbands died in the war. But she could not make decisions when it came time for that, and she had to fight to keep the house they had both lived in. I do not believe they were lesbians (my grandmother swore they just didnt want to remarry) but they should have been able to go to the county and say "This is the person I want to be united with" and be done
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There are many vehicles in place for friends or family members to be able to care for friends or loved ones like in the above situation, thanks to the government. Lets assume that they were NOT lesbians, why on earth should they have had to get married to have their medical or financial needs taken care of? THAT would be making a mockery of marriage, you know?
I love marriage! I love my marriage! My marriage is sacred. I'm grateful for both the religious and governmental/legal aspects of my marriage.