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Commentary :: GLBT/Queer : Human Rights
A Decree of Separation
14 Oct 2004
Did you hear that the separation of church and state might end in divorce over this whole marriage-civil union affair?
But seriously, it is past time to rent asunder this divisive wedge issue into its constituent parts. The principal of church and state separation can guide us through this. Marriage is a religious custom, while civil union is not, but is governmental, which marriage ought not be. Got that?

In other words, let's get government out of the marriage business altogether. Laws of our commonwealth and contracts recognized by law should be rewritten, replacing 'marriage' with 'civil union' . Let religions marry or not, as they will, and let our government protect their right to do so, while freely uniting willing couples of all sorts in non-religious civil unions, to which no religion can sanely object.

This gives freedom to individuals, sanity to law and leaves any sanctity to religions and marriage.

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Re: A Decree of Separation
18 Oct 2004
Don't bother trying to respond to this thread. IMC is pushing it as party line. It is pro-gay. All responses to it are therefore anti-gay and will be deleted.
Look! I am infringing on your copyright!
18 Oct 2004
Hey look, I infringed on your copyright. What are you going to do about it?

"But seriously, it is past time to rent asunder this divisive wedge issue into its constituent parts. The principal of church and state separation can guide us through this. Marriage is a religious custom, while civil union is not, but is governmental, which marriage ought not be. Got that?

In other words, let's get government out of the marriage business altogether. Laws of our commonwealth and contracts recognized by law should be rewritten, replacing 'marriage' with 'civil union' . Let religions marry or not, as they will, and let our government protect their right to do so, while freely uniting willing couples of all sorts in non-religious civil unions, to which no religion can sanely object.

This gives freedom to individuals, sanity to law and leaves any sanctity to religions and marriage."