I read in the June 8 Herald that Denmark's government now allows gays to have church weddings. How lucky I am to live in America. The First Amendment prevents the government from dictating religious activities like church weddings. Despite gay civil marriage bans, gays still can wed in gay-affirming churches (surprising just how many exist in America).
Gay marriage isn't legally recognized in most states, but marriage defenders remind us that the spiritual bond of marriage is what really matters. Even though civil marriage began as a legal acknowledgement of a religious sacrament, it was redefined as a civil contract with or without religious affiliation and was redefined again to include interracial couples.
Seems we've been redefining civil marriage for a while. So in appeasement of anti-gay religiosity and concerns about marriage's optional (rather than requisite) procreative function, gay couples who form church-approved marriages are denied the legal right of civil marriage. Obviously, gays should be content with the religious aspect of marriage and forget about civil rights on the off chance that gay civil marriage somehow will lead to people marrying their pets.
Mike Wilson, Richland