The marriage of two homosexual human beings is an abomination in the eyes of God, and uniting them in holy matrimony will result in the corruption of the entirety of American society. People will start trying to couple with their dogs, and children influenced by the gays will become gay instantaneously.
Luckily, none of these statements are fact, but citizens of the United States of America have every right to believe them as such. Issues arise only when one person attempts to force his or her beliefs on another.
Many people supporting the Defense of Marriage Act publically reference their Christian beliefs as evidence for their arguments. If this were a theocracy, which would probably fly.
The United States is not a theocracy. It is not the role of the federal government to impose the sanctities of one religion on an entire population against their will. The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion for all, which also means freedom from religion.
Whether you’re Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Algonquin, narcissistic, atheistic or agnostic, you should be treated equally in the eyes of the law, regardless of age, gender or sex.
I believe wholeheartedly that everyone should have the ability to express their opinions, and people should not hesitate to include their religion in the forming of those ideas. But when your ideas fundamentally oppress and harm other people simply because you have a different opinion than they do, that means that you shouldn’t be influencing matters of state.
The federal government should not control the institution of marriage. It should be providing civil unions for all, with all the same tax breaks and socioeconomic benefits that would exist between spouses. “Marriage” based on individual beliefs should then be pursued in individual houses of worship.
The institutions of monogamy, commitment and self-sacrifice exist in people outside of traditional marriages, and that’s what we should really be celebrating. “Marriage” is really just a piece of paper, in the end.