Friday, May 16, 2008

The Separation of Church and State: Why We Should Allow Gay Marriage

In a recent court decision in California gay marriages are now legal. In a 4-3 split decision by the Supreme Court of California judges overturned the ban on gay unions.

This decision strikes me as a turning point for the changing elements of religious undercurrents in California and the United States. Massachusetts is the only state that has legalized gay marriages besides California. Both of these examples are providing proof that secular viewpoints are slowly creeping into the once religiously saturated environment of government and law-making.

Although religion is supposed to be separate from government it is hard to separate the two. For example, James Dobson, head of a conservative Christian group, conveys has opposition towards the Californian decision by stating the ruling was an outrage, and:

called on the people of California to pass a constitutional amendment barring gay marriage saying that "Only then can they protect themselves from this latest example of judicial tyranny."

This is precisely why religion seems to permeate every aspect of politics and culture. People such as Dobson call upon other members of their religion, in a sort of "do this or your not really Christian" rally cry. Many people are members of some sort of religion, and when feelings as strong as those against gay marriage surface it is hard to dispel them from the debate.

For me, I think they should be separated because it just creates sectarianism, which never results in anything constructive. I personally believe that anyone that wants to get married should be able to do it. People can be married by the state if they so choose. They need not enter a church if they do not want to. Some people become so enveloped by their religious "laws" and "rules" that they fail to see that people should be allowed to believe what they want, and act how they want as long as it does not hurt anyone else.

I know it is virtually impossible to separate religion from politics, but some effort should be made to step back from the religious perspective and look at it with an objective lens. Would Christians like to be persecuted for having heterosexual marriages by another religion? I would say most likely not.

What we need is more open-minded decisions such as the Californian decision to happen. I am not saying that religion should be disregarded, but just that it needs to become less invasive into people's lives that do not follow that particular belief system.


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