Top Pro & Con Arguments
Legal marriage is a secular institution that should not be limited by religious objections to same-sex marriage.
Religious institutions can decline to marry gay and lesbian couples if they wish, but they should not dictate marriage laws for society at large.
As explained by People for the American Way, “As a legal matter, marriage is a civil institution… Marriage is also a religious institution, defined differently by different faiths and congregations. In America, the distinction can get blurry because states permit clergy to carry out both religious and civil marriage in a single ceremony. Religious Right leaders have exploited that confusion by claiming that granting same-sex couples equal access to civil marriage would somehow also redefine the religious institution of marriage… this is grounded in falsehood and deception.”
Nancy Cott, PhD, testified in Perry v. Schwarzenegger that “[c]ivil law has always been supreme in defining and regulating marriage.”Read More