James Edward Johnson

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And I always thought that G-d was a party to my marriage …

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The Reform Action Center issued a call to send information about congregational activities related to the gay marriage amendments passed in 11 states. That got me thinking about the issue, so I looked up the language for the federal amendment: S.J. Res. 30, Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage, “Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.” I suppose that this means that G-d can no longer be a party to a marriage. I guess the state knows better than a married couple and their G-d. Of course in fairness, G-d’s participation may not be as part of the union, but rather as the One who sanctifies marriage.

In any event, what an unfortunate issue to create with what is an uncommonly silly law that leaves real relationships in anarchy. The role of the state is to enforce agreements and resolve disputes. With laws like this, how should two people of the same sex resolve disputes over their common property they share in their ‘partnership.’ All the more reason to separate marriage and state. Leave marriage to the people, their rabbis, ministers, and G-d. States should not endorse anything beyond the legal rights of the civil union.


Written by JamesEJ

Tuesday, November 9, 2004 at 6:04 pm

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