In our great country, you are guaranteed the right to freedom of religion. The right to express and live your life privately in a religious manor. Pray to any god, or to not pray to a god. Itâ€™s a fundamental reason why our nation was founded. As the pilgrims came over on the mayflower to avoid religious prosecution, many more followed in hopes of freedom to express themselves.
It could be stated that because of such actions, our nation was founded on religious principals. The people who came here did so of desire to pray and worship the way they wanted, without being harassed by the Church of England, or Spain, or any other governmental religious institute.
The constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” from which we can reason, that the government cannot force a religion upon you, nor should the government recognize any religious ceremony as law. Not only does government involvement in religion violate the constitution, but it also increases the scope and size of government. More importantly it elevates specific groups above others, and dictates the private actions and dealings of others.
So, why then does the government recognize the ceremony of marriage? Marriage is a ceremony in most religions practiced in the United States. Not only does it recognize it, but for having gone through this ceremony the government gives you certain benefits. Listed freely on http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/marriage-rights-benefits-30190.html we find an expansive list of benefits that can only be obtained through marriage.
Religious groups claim that gay marriage would damage the sanctity of marriage, Sanctity is defined as: â€śThe state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly.â€ť So if marriage is being claimed by these groups as a religious matter. Why does the government recognize it? â€śCongress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religionâ€ť fits perfectly into this topic. The government needs state that marriage is a religious institution, NOT a legal institution.
Since the government will no longer recognize marriage, nobody can be legally married, correct? Nope. The benefits of marriage include things such as shared risk and investment, and the ability to protect and more readily care and defend for someone you love very much. Simply stated the government should start issuing civil unions between two consenting adults. This leaves marriage to be a religious institution, where a religion can privately decide who can and cannot be married.