Opinion: Marriage – Straight, Gay or Otherwise

I’m horrified at seeing a majority deciding to roll back rights for a minority, but I also wonder about the underlying process of marriage itself.

There’s one other ceremony that comes to mind that has similar characteristics: baptism.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but in the past, wasn’t baptism when people officially named their child?

Why don’t we split marriage the same way baptism has been split:

Baptism:

  • Ceremony in a church
  • Naming of a child
  • Celebration
  • Religious ritual

Marriage:

  • Ceremony in a church
  • Changing legal status (single / common-law to married)
  • Celebration
  • Religious ritual

In short: make all marriages into two distinct parts:

  • Civil / legal process (birth certificate / civil union forms)
  • Celebration (church / etc)

Because the separation of church and state is a very important one and the church is fighting very hard to reunite.

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2 Responses to “Opinion: Marriage – Straight, Gay or Otherwise”

  1. Internationalhardman Says:

    I think marriage should be available to all. What about transgendered people, can they not marry?

  2. candice Says:

    Baptism is not when a child gets named. That is called Christening, and most churches do not do that. Most people do not name their children at christening.
    I’m not a religious person, so thank you for the correction. I knew it was something similar, and my point is the same: at one point the church was the normal place to go for both ritual and legal matters; now they’re supposed to be separate.

    Marriages are a legal agreement between two specific parties: a Male and a Female. it’s not religious, it’s legal. The marriage is represented by the legal certificate and is valid with or without a ceremony. The church has zero to do with it.
    This is where I disagree; currently if you wish to join together with minimal fuss it’s generally either eloping or a civil union. Governmental “Marriage” has rights granted to it that “civil union” does not, yet they are the same thing in essence – people binding their lives and families together. Marriage, however, has it’s roots and connotations in the church / religious matters, and civil unions were for second marriages when divorce was taboo.

    I personally do not care who can or cannot get married, as most marriages fail anyways. But you need to get your facts straight.
    45% – 50% is most? And you know what they say about facts and statistics *winks*

    Your post makes zero sense to someone who actually knows what Baptism is, and understands the legal ramifications of marriage.
    Oh I think you give people too little credit, Candice… after all… you managed it, right?


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