The separation of church and state is a philosophic and jurisprudential concept for defining political distance in the relationship between religious organizations and the state. Conceptually, the term refers to the creation of a secular state with or without legally explicit church—state separation and to disestablishment , the changing of an existing, formal relationship between the church and the state. The concept was promoted by Enlightenment philosophers such as Locke. In a society, the degree of political separation between the church and the civil state is determined by the legal structures and prevalent legal views that define the proper relationship between organized religion and the state.
Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse
LGBTQ Rights | Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Advocates of gay marriage gathered in Washington this week to hear the arguments presented at the Supreme Court, with some justices hinting that they are afraid to move too quickly on the issue. But that's because they were hearing the wrong argument. The same sex marriage debate should not be about gay rights but about the hallowed separation of church and state. Talk of gay rights has drowned out a more promising argument against bans on same sex marriage. The language of gay rights invites comparisons to the rights of racial minorities or women. Although some claim that gays and lesbians are born that way, same sex marriage detractors protest otherwise, maintaining that being gay is indeed a choice.
Gay Marriage Shows Why We Need to Separate Church & State
Printable PDF. The theme is clear, they want freedom to be part of the things that make for rich and stable shared life. They want what marriage, at its best, represents, a format for love, family, neighborliness, and participation in the larger community. Legal marriage for same sex couples will strengthen the social institution of marriage for everyone.
Most Americans agree with our Constitution that all citizens deserve equal protection under the law. It seems odd, then, that so many Americans of late have taken a stand against same-sex marriage. How and why can we oppose extending basic civil rights to a group of people trying to join mainstream society by establishing permanent family units? What makes this issue, a simple question of equal access to the law, so profoundly contentious?