"But why should any religion have anything to say about who gets married to whom in a civil ceremony completely devoid of any aspect of any religion?
The Bible is frequently quoted in the letters regarding marriage; to wit, the main object of a union is to procreate and homosexuality is an abomination. But why is the Bible the authority? We are not a Christian nation.
"God" does not appear in the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and James Madison were all deists, while Thomas Jefferson denounced the "superstitions of Christianity." Finally, the Treaty of Tripoli, which was unanimously ratified by the Senate in 1797, states: "As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion â€¦ ."
So why shouldn't gays be allowed to marry in civil ceremonies?"
I couldn't have said it better myself. So, remind your friends who throw the Bible in your face as the reason you can't get married that we are not a Christian nation.