Saturday, June 27, 2015
gay marriage in the US
My chief concern in the Supreme Court ruling on Gay marriage is, will they protect the churches rights not to perform the weddings. I believe in traditional marriage, but I do have sympathy towards gay couples that would like to be married. And I also have sympathy towards the practical issues of insurance, taxes and inheritance. If the USA would allow gay marriage, it is a legal matter. The US is not a Christian country. All marriages should first take place as civil ceremony. This is what they do in Germany. This is the legal side of marriage. But if they start to force churches to violate their beliefs, they are trashing the constitution. In this issue I think the separation between church and state is very important. My faith governs how I live my life, it does not govern society. Obviously millions in America celebrate that fact. But perhaps the church should do a better job living what they profess to believe? We have no testimony because we are morally bankrupt. The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition. It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices. It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely. It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government.