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But it also left the making

But it also left the making of laws concerning marriage to the states. And if the state has a law saying marriage is between one man and one woman and it was voted by majority rule, then that is the law. It doesn't matter what the reasoning behind it is. We elect our lawmakers to vote in the same manner we probably would. That is how they remain in office. The Bill of Rights grants all citizens equality based on religion, gender, race, etc, but it does not guarantee them equality based on the gender of sexual partner nor the positions they prefer. Look at the states that at one time imposed the death sentence for sodomy, even when it was consensual and especially if it involved two people of the same sex. It was not so long ago, even though the laws are not actively enforced. Legalizing gay marriage could actually result in a loss of Freedom of Religion, which is guaranteed. The minute it was legalized in CA, one couple filed a federal lawsuit claiming discrimination because it was against the religious beliefs of a certain church and they refused to marry the couple. That is an expressed right, where the right to marry a person of the same sex is not. While I cannot imagine someone actually wanting to be married in a church that was forced to perform the ceremoney and it was clearly a publicity ploy, it did result in a ruling reaffirming the right of the church to refuse based on the First Amendment, where the homosexual couple suing had no such protection. I think the main issue more than it being a religious one is that society in itself is just not ready to make the leap from what was (and still is in some states) considered a sex crime to elevating it to the state of marriage. Forced social change rarely benefits anyone. It is clear from the poll results on this site that it is still only about 1/4th of the general population that supports it. When the Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law in 1996 by Clinton, only 17% of the total lawmakers involved between the two Houses opposed the Act. Assuming that they opposed it because they would accept gay marriage, a sampling from 17% to 25% 13 years later is not much of a gain in support of gay marriage. While that is not a scientific poll by any means, it is a reasonable yardstick for measuring acceptance. It is simply not there, and in our present form of government, majority rules.


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