Gay marriage and our government civil unions
Now marriage is a religious ceremony to me. Two people want to go through life together, including often having and raising kids along the way. And government civil unions are a legally binding means to construct and support a societies system, whatever that turns out to be in each society.
And, at least statistically speaking, most boys and girls want to get married in the USA, which is all I know much about. In the meantime, they want to grow up some, too. Nothing like copping a feel, for example.
Now the two systems have met over time, and probably for good reason in most cases in our past. Like to get married in America in most places, the government makes us take blood tests in advance in order to prove we don’t have some kind of STD (sexually transmitted disease), which is adverse to marriage in general and for obvious reasons.
So why are the two methods still mixed together, like the more religious marriage vows and the more government civil unions? Both should be honored in my own way of thinking. I myself do not know the answer to my question, other than that is the status quo evolved over many long years. Said another way, that is the way it is to get married these days in the new world America. And obviously to me, there are good reasons it has evolved this way. But, and in the same vein, it bothers me that some unelected judge appointed for life can use his legal authority to decide how to mix the religious ceremony together with the government civil unions. Said another way, homosexuals can get married in the USA today. And religious figures have to follow their orders from the government judge as presently things go.
Last, and using my own logic, many religions can choose how to marry people, and even choose how they accept those who want to get married. But in the same vein, people can also choose which religion they want to honor and practice with. As the old song from Bob Dylan goes, the times they are a changin’.
Not everyone accepts gay marriage, for example. Now gay civil unions is another matter. That’s legal and honorable, to me in the new world America. And after all, it is a small part of our own society. Said another way, I have bigger fish to fry. So, for example, if a couple is married, but not legally in a civil union sort of way, let us as our society just sort it out.
Religious marriage is, after all, a special occasion that should always be celebrated as usually happens in America these days.
Later they can rue their marriage decisions, even how their kids sorted out, but that usually comes later.