Why is this so hard? Why is there separation between church and state in American? Here are some reasons:
- The Founding Fathers wanted to protect freedom of belief, and did not want the government to embrace one religion over another and impose its will on the people.
- The Founding Fathers realized that while people and their communities, including religious ones, may have particular values and ideas, they should not put government in the position of imposing intolerance, but rather just the opposite.
- Therefore, freedom of belief, and freedom of religion being an instance, is also inclusive of freedom from beliefs and ideologies other than those adopted under the Constitution.
The term, “marriage” has long been associated with religion pertaining to the partnership between men and women. As soon as governments decided to award special benefits and incentives to “married couples” they should have changed to the term to “civil partnership” between couples. That is the neutral term from which to administer incentives and benefits.
If religious persons chose to be married in a church service of their choosing, that is their free right. Yet, under that law, all persons joining in legal matrimony of civil union, should have the construct in a neutral form that separates church from state and is more accommodating to all people.
“Gay marriage” happens to the the instance that provokes clarification by the Supreme Court. Had Congress been doing its job, it would have addressed this in law. Congress failed because its members are too biased and partisan. That is the problem here, and not “gay marriage”.
The best solution would be to make all bonds between couples civil unions and to grandfather in all church marriages. Going forward, people will execute civil partnerships under the law with church weddings being their free choice and option.
Only bigotry and religious bias makes this issue so hard.
“Historic ruling expected as SCOTUS takes up gay marriage
By Lydia Wheeler – 04/27/15 06:00 AM EDT
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a landmark gay marriage case that many legal experts believe will pave the way for same-sex couples to wed in all 50 states.
Same sex-marriage has been the subject of fierce national debate for well more than a decade, with more than 30 states and the District of Columbia allowing same-sex couples to marry. More than a dozen other states, meanwhile, have approved bans on gay marriage, touching off a series of legal battles around the country.
Most of those bans were struck down as unconstitutional in a succession of federal court rulings. But the string of victories for gay marriage supporters came to an end in November, when the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld bans in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky.
The ruling created a lower court split, prompting the high court to answer calls from those on both sides of the fight to revisit same-sex marriage.”