If marriage is to be defined by religious organizations, then the
government should have absolutely nothing to do with it: no benefits,
no penalties, nothing. It should have exactly the same recognition
from the government that Bar Mitzvahs, First Communions, and
If marriage is to be defined by the government, then religious
definitions, limitations, or arguments must not be used. And every
non-religious argument against homosexual marriage has counterexamples
in currently-recognized situations. Not their own kids? Lots of
heterosexual couples adopt. Lacking a role model of each sex?
Marriage is indeed love, and in the spirit of providing maximum
freedom to the most people with no harm to others whatsoever (except
maybe their sensitivity), I fully support the right of any N people
to be recognized by the government as a “married entity”,
with all the rights and responsibilities given by the current marriage
I’m an atheist, and have been for a long while. I was raised
Catholic, however, and I recognize that there is a lot of wisdom in
the Bible, in between all the hate and xenophobia. Here’s one
of those passage that most people raised in the western tradition will
1. If I speak in human and angelic tongues, but do not have love, I
am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
2. And if I have the gift of phrophecy, and comprehend all mysteries
and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
3. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so
that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not
pompous, it is not inflated,
5. it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not
quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
6. it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
7. It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
8. Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to
nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be
brought to nothing.
9. For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
10. but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
11. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child,
reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
12. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face.
At present I know partially; then I shall know fully as I am fully known.
13. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these
— Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13,
Verses 1 through 13. New American Bible, Catholic edition. Emphasis mine.
Which — in addition to being one of my favorite and (IMHO) one of
the most beautiful passages in the Bible — would indicate that a true
Christian cannot deny love between any two or more people, no matter how
much they might personally object to their lifestyle. Unless they think
they know more about love than a man who knew Christ personally.
So. I started out this post thinking that I didn’t agree with
this quite enough to paste it, but I’ve changed my mind.
Good luck, guys, gals, and everyone in between and beyond.