Congrats to Minnesota for becoming the first Midwestern state to get themselves onto the right side of history!!! I wish was there to celebrate with my friends, both gay and straight! People on both sides of the aisle supporting the right for consenting adults to have the legal recognition of a marriage. I am a Catholic but I am also a liberal with an open mind that can read between the lines enough to know that “marriage” was not invented by Christians. It has been around since before the time that Jesus walked the earth. I think many anti-gay marriage people may be wrapping up the sacrament of “holy matrimony” too much into the general, legal “marriage” thing. If churches, mosques, or synagogues don’t want to perform the legal joining of two consenting guys or two consenting girls, they don’t have to… But if two guys or two girls want to go down to the courthouse, get a marriage license (for those of you following at home, that is the legal, non religious document we all have to get before we get married), and have a justice of the peace legally marry them, they should be allowed that right.
One thing that’s become obvious over the course of the debate is how little many people understand about civics.
This entire issue has been about Civil Marriage. Not Religious Marriage. There is a confusing overlap but the difference is plain and clear to anyone who pays attention. People have been intentionally blurring these two very different concepts together. The Government has never tried to make the Catholic Church marry non-Catholics, or divorced people, and nobody has ever said a word about that. Nor should they.
This is about the dignity of being able to have the legal contract that you get from the government that you sign so that two people of the same sex that are in a loving and committed relationship can have the same rights together through life and end of life. For it or against it, the fact is this:
The act of two people of the same sex joining together in the legal state of marriage doesn’t affect ANYONE else in the world in any way, shape, or form.