Marriage has existed in every known human culture in history, and predates every major religion practiced today. In ancient Mesopotamia, a legal contract was what made a marriage valid, regardless of consummation or ceremony. A great deal of paperwork regarding marriage in ancient Greece and Rome has survived, and while religion played some role, these unions were seen as a civic duty. Marriage is religious for many Americans, but that does not matter legally. Religion has no standing in American law, and marriage is a legal institution in this country.
Same-sex Marriage, Censorship, and the Separation of Church and State
Not About Gay Rights: Same Sex Marriage and the Separation of Church and State | HuffPost
Advocates of gay marriage gathered in Washington this week to hear the arguments presented at the Supreme Court, with some justices hinting that they are afraid to move too quickly on the issue. But that's because they were hearing the wrong argument. The same sex marriage debate should not be about gay rights but about the hallowed separation of church and state. Talk of gay rights has drowned out a more promising argument against bans on same sex marriage. The language of gay rights invites comparisons to the rights of racial minorities or women.
Confusing church and state is more baffling than ‘gay marriage’
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Vincent J. Samar , Loyola University of Chicago Follow. In June , in Obergefell v.