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    For the record, I'm a Christian and I support marriage equality. Many denominations and individual churches have taken such a stand, and it has not been without consequence. My denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, lost as much as 20% of its member churches. So, you know, if you want to thank us.....come on by Sunday!

    Back on topic....While I agree with you 100%, I think the simplest distinction to make is the one between marriage and holy matrimony.

    Marriage is a civil right bestowing both rights and responsibilities, and it can be entered into at the court house, the drive thru chapel, or any number of places (including my church).

    Holy matrimony (or whatever a given church calls it) is a religious blessing, bestowed by a church or other place of worship, and despite what the fear mongers say, no institution is required to give it. A pastor can, for example, refuse to perform a church marriage because he/she does not feel the couple is adequately prepared.

    Many people I know-even the right wing Mormons-will say they believe that gay people should be able to get civilly married; they just have some vague terror that their church will be forced to perform gay marriages left and right. I'm not sure that there is any reasoning with these folks, but I know that Biblical quotations won't do the trick-though, seriously, I did enjoy the diary very much.

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