Religous Freedom and Marriage
There have been many arguments of late and in the past that the United States was founded as a Christian country and therefore our laws should be reflective of the common tenets within that definition. These arguments have been used in support of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
While our founding fathers might have been predominantly Christians they took great thought and direct action in enumerating the fact that the United States was not to be governed from this sole viewpoint. In fact our founding fathers were from a variety of personal beliefs.
In the United States Constitution Bill of Rights we find what might be the most important rights given to citizens:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
This Amendment does not differentiate between organized religion and personal religion, but instead speaks to the individual's right of freedom in their chosen creed therefore any law which is directly derived from a certain organized religion's perspective is in violation of the First Amendment as religious beliefs held by other individuals might come in contradiction.
In fact some Christian religious groups including the Metropolitan Community Church support same-sex marriage.
Therefore I submit that the establishment of Civil Marriage, derived from Religious Marriage, is in violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and all Federal, State, and local laws conferring either special rights to the "married" class or restricting the rights of the "un-married" classes be summarily abolished.
Individuals who which to identify themselves as married may do so through their organized religion or civil contracts, but government should be enjoined from conferring special significance to said individuals. If, as many state, that the purpose of marriage is for the benefit of children then laws should be centered upon the child's rights.
The definition of religion:
re·li·gion - /rɪˈlɪdʒən/ Show Spelled[ri-lij-uhn] Show IPA
- a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
- a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
- the body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
- the life or state of a monk, nun, etc.: to enter religion.
- the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
- something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience: to make a religion of fighting prejudice.
- religions, Archaic . religious rites.
- Archaic . strict faithfulness; devotion: a religion to one's vow.