Mayor Signs Gay Marriage Bill". Surgery United States. Religious institutions can decline to marry gay and lesbian couples if they wish, but they should not dictate marriage laws for society at large.
Legal status of same-sex unions. The Oklahoman. Retrieved 26 November
A person is born gay and lesbian and grows up this way; it is not a matter of decision, one possibility among others for the mature individual. Ted Mackin defines sacramental marriage this way: This then is what it means for a Christian man and woman to live their marriage as a sacrament: that they find in one another's habitual attitude and conduct evidence of the presence of the Creator; more particularly that both believe, and rule their conduct by the belief, that they are held in existence by divine creation and that they are drawn to God by their love for one another and the intimate sharing that acts out this love; in short that they are instruments, willing instruments, of the Creator.
State government judicial Court of Appeals More particularly still, a man and woman live their marriage sacramentally if they believe that in loving one another they are responding to the Creator's call to intimacy with Godself, into a communion consisting of knowledge and love that begins in their lives this side of death but can continue through and past their deaths into unending communion with the divine life; [if they believe that this invitation to intimacy is at the same time the Creator's effort to rescue them from their sinfulness, their powerful tendency to protect themselves, to distrust the other's invasion of their privacy and freedom, and to stay closed off from intimacy, using one another merely for pleasure and security.
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Do we need to confuse future generations of Americans even more about the role and importance of an institution that is so critical to the stability of our country? The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 July Retrieved 9 April Neither performed nor recognized in Niue, Tokelau or the Cook Islands.