With elections just around the corner and two Constitutional amendments on the ballot, it is time for me to voice my opinion on the marriage amendment.
My catholic upbringing teaches me that marriage is solely between a man and a woman, and as far as religion and church I agree, as it applies to religion and the church. However, a constitutional amendment is basically a legal thing and viewing the issue from a more legal perspective my view is different.
In legal terms, basically, a marriage is a contract with respect to living arrangements between two people. Therefore in the land of the free, where government is expected to be separated from religion. Where we promote the right of every individual to practice their own personal religious beliefs, I must in good conscience, set aside, as best I can, my religious values from my decision and base my decision on what is best for a free society to continue to be free.
Therefore, I believe, that on a legal basis any two people should be able to enter into a marriage contract. As far as moral or religious values, each church has the right and place to determine how marriage is best defined for them and their followers, and this definition will very from religion to religion, in some cases from church to church. THIS IS FREEDOM, FREEDOM OF CHOICE. While personally we may not agree, we must allow others the freedom of choice.
The law should be the law and religion should be religion, so lets continue to keep the two separated on this matter!
MY VIEW, SIMPLY STATED: VOTE FOR FREEDOM, VOTE FOR CHOICE, VOTE NO ON THE MARRIAGE AMENDMENT.