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Gay Marriage?

In case you are wondering where I stand on gay marriage… It is pretty simple: No one should be forced to marry against their will nor be barred from marrying because of someone else’s beliefs. I believe we should get the government out of marriage and only allow the government to declare “civil unions” between two or more people who act as a family within the same household. This would include married couples as well as long term dedicated roommates. You want to get married? Find someone to marry you… but not someone in the government. Rather than marriage officiants, we should have witnesses. If two people declare themselves married in front of official, sworn witnesses (aka anyone who agrees to be a witness) then the State shouldn’t have anything to do with it. If a religious institution is against gay marriage, it should not be forced to perform a wedding for a gay couple. But if a gay couple want to get married… find a witness and seal the deal. Government sanctioned “civil unions” should be divorced from marriage. In fact, governments should be divorced from marriage. You want to be taxed as a family? You want the RIGHTS of a family (visitation, insurance, etc.)? That’s where a civil union comes in to play. You want to get married? Not the government’s business.