When a couple is married in the State of Arizona they are automatically granted some 300 rights. After they say "I do" they are provided 1,100 rights in the Unites States. Marriage is a big deal because the government says it is a big deal. There are people who say it is a big deal because God says it is, but I am not one of those people. At no point of time in my wedding ceremony was there mention of God. One person naively pointed out to me that we were not married because of that oversight. I still have my 1,400 rights...
I do not agree with putting God in my marriage for a variety of reasons. Mainly, because I believe there should be a separation of church and state. When I (proudly) say the pledge of allegiance I do not say "under God." When politicians request that "God bless America," I cringe. When President Bush says that he makes his choices according to what God tells him to do, the sounds of extreme Muslims praising Allah ring in my ear. I wish we could just separate our beliefs from our business, but we can't. That is evident when it comes to the issue of the right for homosexuals to marry.
When I discuss this issue with people who are against gay marriage I hear that it is against their morals or it isn't what God would want. So, let's do the whole separation of church and state thing. When you strip the religious argument away, what I hear is you want to take away a basic right that our state and federal government provide. What remains is a civil rights issue.
I have heard this is a dead issue since the people have voted, but I won't let this die. In my son's life time he will look back and say, "Were you guys all crazy?" I will say, "Yes, but some of us chose to do the right thing." It's the same way I feel when I look back at the picture from the 60's civil rights demonstrations and see the hate and anger in the eyes of the opposition. I wonder where those people are today and what it took for them to change their minds (if they did).