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Posted 2/21/08 , edited 4/18/08
Honestly, I believe that in time civil unions will be recognized. If you look back in history divorce also was not permitted by law unless you had a viable reason ( adultery). But over time people decided that they didn't like it and changed the rules. Also, many Christians usually ignore that fact that divorce is a sin because that would make them sinners. In other words, they would not be following God's word, which many people who consider themselves Christians would not want to admit. People like to twist the teachings in the Bible to suit their own motive. They don't want to look at it at face value. I agree with you that in the Bible both divorce and homosexuality is said to be a sin. The reason that many Christians are against allowing legal gay unions is because the fear that their own rights would be treaded upon. To explain, not only are homosexuals wanting their unions to be recognized by the public, but they also want to force the general public to agree with their views that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. If you're a Christian who believes that homosexuality is wrong that is impossible. To explain, there are some people out there that are lobbying to expand the Hate Crime Law to include homosexuals. At first glance it seems like a good law to protect people from being discriminated against. But then there is a second side to the story. Many Christians fear that if they do not recognize these civil unions they will be charged with a hate crime in the future. For example, lets say that a gay couple wants to be married at a church. But the church they choose believes that homosexuality is a sin. The gay couple in anger goes and sues the church for a hate crime, and the church by law would be at fault. Many Christians feel they will be oppressed if the laws supporting homosexuals will be recognized. I hope that explains what you're asking. If not feel free to message me. Also, I think that Christians lumped all the laws regarding homosexuals together saying that these laws would tread on their freedom of religion, speech, etc.
Posted 2/21/08 , edited 4/18/08
I'm "religious" I guess (Buddhist). Buddhism doesn't talk about divorce or marriage. It's a purely civil contract.

I think marriage is a good idea just from a civil perspective. It helps maintain the family unit which many other social adaptations are based on.
Posted 2/21/08 , edited 4/18/08
Do you think that the government should stop recognizing divorce for any reason other than sexual immorality?

No. Although marriage has become a legal institution these days, no legal contract is completely binding and or holding. Also, sexual immorality is too vague of a term and can be understood in many different ways depending upon a person's personal point of view (although I admit vagueness is something legalists simply love).

If no- why is divorce a private matter between you and God, not subject to legislation, whereas homosexuality is not?

Divorce isn't between me and God (I'm not Christian BTW), it's between me, my partner, my family, and the legal system (b/c face it, marriage is more of a legal institution than a religious institution these days although it still has strong emotional value).

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LASTLY: your post title is INCORRECT b/c you're working on the assumption that ALL american's are Christian which we are not. We can still be religious and American and NOT christian.




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What does divorce have to do with god anyway.....
it a couple......... thingy
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shuyi000 wrote:

What does divorce have to do with god anyway.....
it a couple......... thingy


everything.
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giannelli_07 wrote:


shuyi000 wrote:

What does divorce have to do with god anyway.....
it a couple......... thingy


everything.


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