Before the legal contract it was arranged marriages .. and polygamy. When you make laws that force people to live by your religious views, you are forcing them to follow your religious views.<quoted text>
I(m sorry Kitten, but the concept of marriage far predates contract law. But more importantly, I think you totally miss my point, which is the same exact opinion you have. My point is that their is no sanctity to marriage as a whole. There is only individual sanctity. Therefore, no individual outside of my wife or me, can adversely effect the sanctity of our marriage. Furthermore, I have no desire to exert my religious belief on others. If you dont belief in God, that's perfectly fine with me. That is none of my, or any one elses business. Likewise, I have no more right to tell you who you marry, than you do to tell me who I should marry. I firmly believe everyone has to right to fall in love, commit themselves to someone else, without outside judgement, whether its same sex or opposite sex. My point is I do not have to prove the existence of God to you or anyone else, because it is not a prerequisite for you to be married, only a prerequisite for me to be married.
Oh, and I don't think there should be anything about marriage in the laws ... anything at all. Including your tax exemptions and special privileges. I am asexual, marriage is nothing more than slavery to me. But if gay people want to live in that contract then I am not going to stand in their way, that's their choice. Their marriages have no effect on anyone else at all.