Well, if we make that a law, you have virtually implied marriage can be whatever you want. So, if I want to marry an animal...maybe that should be allowed, too. Or my car. Or my computer.
And if we allow DOGS to roam free on the streets at night, pretty soon we'll be allowing LIONS to roam free, to!!!!! OMG!!!!!111
Let me ask all of you. If there were two groups of parents in front of you (and I know this isn't real, but that's not the point), the first group being two men, and the second group being a man and a woman, which would you choose to be your parents?
It would depend on personal background, not gender.
Haven't you ever seen Three Men and a Baby?
Better yet, please note that you're talking about the American nuclear family. Some other cultures think its a travesty that we don't have our aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and even in-laws present as core family members.
CCC: 1) 1/2 of marriages end in divorce. That's really unfortunate. Terrible. But would you mind explaining how a child who is experiencing a turbulence of emotions after his mother and father split would react if his father suddenly fell in love with another guy?
The kid would have just as much reason to be stressed if his father fell in love with another woman. Besides, most of the worry comes from how society will treat them, NOT how they will treat the child.
You say religion must stay out of the government. And I agree, it must stay out somewhat. But, what do all coins say? "In WHAT we trust?" God! The pledge of alleigance! "Under GOD!"
So religion should stay out of government, but not really, because "Christianity is #1 w00t!"?
Literally thousands of religions with no connection to Christianity believe in one God. It's called monotheism. It's a very, very large category of religions.
And one more thing: for a marriage system that has worked for thousands of years in society (between a man and a woman), without major problems, why should I place my trust in some Massachusetts politician who all of a sudden comes up with his own standards for marriage to be ruled in court?
Worked for thousands of years? Oh my... that's a good one.
What exactly is your definition of "worked?" The fact that we're (mostly) all still alive?
Firestorm, let's look for a moment at YOUR religions rights:
The Bill of Rights guarantees you, and every other individual in this country, the freedom to believe whatever you want.
It does NOT guarantee you the right to use the government to make the outside world conform to your religion's liking.