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Except the right to marry ...

October 13, 2008 - Meg Alexander
A blog I recently wrote on equal, or rather unequal, rights for gays and lesbians, evoked a rather interesting response, several actually but I'm referring to one in particular: "Actually Megan, gays and lesbians do have equal rights except the right to marry."

Hmmm ... "except the right to marry?" That's exactly my point. While some would say marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman, I fail to see how Americans in general have upheld that philosophy.

Given the divorce rates (yet another subject of controversy as statisticians argue over the figures) and the fact that people of all beliefs and non-beliefs are joined in the blessed union of matrimony, I don't see how the general public upholds marriage as a "sacred institution" and why people aren't crusading against the general demise of this institution, instead of choosing only to rally against gay marriage.

I also fail to understand why this issue has even become political. If a clergy person chooses to marry someone, shouldn't the congregation and religious community take that up with the church, not the state? Just my thoughts ...


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