Not real obvious what this means so, for those of you that don’t know; that’s the number of years that Rob and I have been partners. Thirty two years together and counting!
As far as I’m concerned we’re married in every sense of the word, except legally of course. You see there are still those in this country that are fighting tooth and nail to prevent Rob and I the basic human right to marry who we choose.
For the vast majority of those opponents of same sex marriage the argument against it is based upon religious beliefs. Strangely enough I actually support those religious beliefs. Now and in the future I will defend religious freedom in this country; but I also defend the separation of church and state.
My defense of separation of church and state is, at least in part, a religious belief. A belief based on the same religion that most opponents of same sex marriage use to justify the blanket denial of basic human rights. A tenant of Christianity that many in this country seem to have overlooked for years.
In Mathew 22:21 Jesus is quoted as saying “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s”. To me this is a clear statement of the separation of the church and state; an instruction from Christ himself to “Render unto Caesar…”. Pretty clear and straightforward to me.
Even if you don’t agree with my logic there are so many holes in the argument against same sex marriage that you have to question why all of the fuss and defense of the holy sanctity of marriage as a religious institution. After all we don’t hear any argument from same sex marriage opponents that:
- A marriage performed outside of the Christian faith/church isn’t just as valid.
Are Hindu, Muslim, or Jewish marriages by default not legitimate? If we follow the logic of the argument then these marriages aren’t sanctioned by the Christian God.
- A marriage performed by a Justice of the Peace or Magistrate isn’t just as valid.
Being a Christian isn’t a requirement for holding those offices. Nor is questioning the religious beliefs of the official common practice; so is that marriage performed by a legally recognized person invalid because they aren’t Christian?
The list could go on for quite a while. But there’s really no point to continue.