I would just like to take a moment to respond to both of the articles regarding homosexuality and marriage printed Monday.
Marriage is by definition a religious institution. It has become a political issue because the government has adopted the title “marriage” and given specific rights to those who are officially joined by it. This does not mean that the same rights cannot be given to same-sex couples under a different title. Civil unions, for example, could offer the same entitlements to same-sex couples as a marriage — from the government.
Everyone has the right to love who they love, and everyone has the right to equal government treatment. However, not everyone has the right to marriage, as it is fundamentally a union between a man and a woman.
Just as I can’t go to McDonalds and order a Whopper, same-sex couples can’t go to churches and say they want to be married. That’s just not the purpose of marriage.
However, McDonalds does make a great Big Mac, and let’s be honest here, it tastes the same.
Fighting for equality should not mean fighting for the right to marry. It just doesn’t equate.