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Usher In A Redefinition of Marriage, Usher Out Religious Liberty

CHARLIE FEATHER Wrote: Feb 14, 2013 4:05 PM
A way that public officials and religious organizations might treat same-sex "marriage" without violating their consciences is to recognize that CIVIL marriage is not a sacrament tied to the historical significance of marriage, but merely a civil act no different than obtaining a driver license, business license or birth certificate. Public officials would eliminate all the symbolism, ceremony and celebration associated with real marriage, and simply affix the necessary signatures, stamps and seals required for all civil acts, and go about their business. Because, that is what same-sex marriage would do to civil marriage: make it nothing special or of any more significance than any other civil act.

NOTE: This is the fourth column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The third column is available here.

Disagreements and projections abound in the dialogue about marriage and its redefinition to include same-sex couples. But both sides agree on one issue: redefining marriage significantly jeopardizes religious freedom—the first liberty upon which our nation was founded.

The convergence of several factors creates this unavoidable clash between religious liberty and redefining marriage. First, the vast majority of religious adherents in America believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. And because...