[quote=LSK]I am an American and I find it interesting that with all the debate over separation of Church and State ( a much misunderstood issue) that no one has brought up the idea that ‘marriage’ is a Sacrament. The government should not be issuing a license for a Sacrament. Any couple who wishes to have a civil union should register with the government so that they can be taxed accordingly and then, take that registration to the Chruch of their choice to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage. This way, if their particular religious institution recognizes a homosexual ‘marriage’ they can have their marriage. My Church, the True Christian Church, does not recognzie homosexual marriage and never will. I cannot imagine a homosexual couple wanting a Catholic marriage but if they wanted a Christian ceremony there are plenty of Christian religious ministers today who will perform such a ceremony.
In Europe, civil marriage is entirely a separate affair in many countries. The priest or minister is not authorized to perform the civil aspect of marriage, which is in essense a legal contract. I think that this set up is more in the keeping with the separation of church and state, and leaves the sacrament aspect of marriage up to the religious institutes, while the state is in charge of the legal aspect.
I personally have no problem with Gays, celibates, or any adult being entitled to one civil union of their choice, to protect their property rights, etc. I think the government should step out of the ‘marriage’ biz entirely, and merely grant civil unions, one per person, with all the legal rights therein.