Agree.Marriage does not in this country depend on a religious ceremony. If churches are forced to perform any marriage then we have in a sense said...marriages are sanctioned by the Christian God. If a gay couple wants a religious ceremony sanctioned by the Christian God then there are many churches that are willing to do so.
Marriage is entirely a legal arrangement - a contract - for managing various sexual, paternal and financial matters. Marriage defines the privileges and responsibilities that the law grants married couples by virtue of their legal union and has nothing to do with gods or angels. It has to do with visitation rights in ICUs, marital benefits for the spouses of employees, tax filing status, inheritance issues, and the like.
None of those legal matters is church business, which is why the church has nothing to do with marriage. Sure, a priest can be officiating, but he is empowered to represent the state, not his church or bible, and he is nothing more than an optional decoration like the wedding cake and the tuxedos.
Agree again. Isn't that like a black person trying to get married at a Klan rally?Why would someone want to be married in a church that condemns not only their marriage but their whole existence?