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Another example is that voters in elections may decide which candidate to vote for according to his/her religion. This type of role of religion in politics appears to be legitimate and, I believe, would never go away. In addition, religion is often seen to enter our public political debate primarily as a voice on certain moral issues. I think this type of role of religion in politics should be welcomed because different groups of citizens could accept the same conclusions from quite different arguments. So religion should be a private affair having nothing to do with the public affairs.
This brings up questions and arguments of why they oppose gay marriage. Religion plays a part in this argument; their definition of marriage is between a man and woman as stated in the bible, specifically the book of Genesis (“Should Gary Marriage” 2). In response to their accusation, while from a religious viewpoint marriage is defined between a man and women, marriage is ultimately a legal binding by law. People can be married in a church that may symbolize their marriage, but until they receive a legal documentation of their marriage license they are not considered married. Marriage is also not a religious right in the United States; it is a civil right as stated in the Constitution under the Federal Marriage Amendment (Longley 1).
The State will not allow him to. Why? The state believes in the words of the Bible and the Bible says no to gay marriage. The U.S. Bill of Rights, which is part of the U.S. Constitution which is what the States and Country are supposed to base legislature and justified thoughts on, gives ALL citizens freedom and “freedom from religion” in the first amendment. The State should not be allowed to restrict someone of their rights based on a certain religion.
Tocqueville argues that the only thing which will keep Americans away from these dangers, which would undoubtedly lead to despotism is religion as source of moral education. He says that all decisions by man are a result of the values which man has received from god and without these values we would be left to a life full of disorder. Religion indirectly affects the state through mores which are described as “the whole moral and intellectual state of a people.”(287) These mores are what prevents democracies from being engulfed by the dangers which are products of tyranny and despotism. In a state without religion “each man gets into the way of having nothing but confused and changing notions about the matters of greatest importance to himself and his fellows”(444) and when combating materialism, the presence of religion “places the
Marriage is not a religious institution. Overall, the argument would focus on the idea that all Americans should be treated equally and how religion should not be a factor for this decision. On the other hand, the opponents would disagree with most of what the proponents had to say. Their main argument would be the idea that same sex marriage is “not natural” and is against the whole purpose of marriage. The argument would revolve mostly around religious beliefs and the fact that they think homosexuality is believed to be “sinful” and that God’s whole purpose was to create marriage for a man and woman to procreate and raise a family.