Gay marriage opponents’ arguments are moot because, like it or not, the United States government is in the marriage business; therefore, equal rights are compulsory. The conflation of church and state that our forefathers warned us about created this unfortunate and unnecessary debate.
In addition to a religious sacrament, marriage is also a legal relationship recognized by the government. In fact, marital status is an important legal designation that impacts people’s lives significantly, from taxes to health insurance to renting a car.
Gay couples’ legal marital status doesn’t impact anyone else’s marriage, and it doesn’t impact any religion’s definition of marriage. In fact, religious marriage can continue unchanged while the government also provides equal legal marriage rights to gay couples. There is absolutely no acceptable reason to prevent gay couples from obtaining the rights and privileges associated with marriage.