Tune into the ongoing debates over same-sex marriage and you’ll hear the same concepts. Both in civil-union states kicking the SSM can around and in others with no accommodation for homosexual couples, you see the same effect. Legislators and other politicians say what the ministers, rabbis and priests do.
They muddle government and church, to the detriment of people just trying to get along with their (they hope) equal lives. The clergy have helped give the politicians the right to imbue marriage with religious implications, concepts, verbiage, and power.
I went to a symposium in Rhode Island last week on the culture of same-sex marriage in New England. While it was well worth it, the comments of a retired UCC minister on one panel continue to chafe.
For those invested in SSM, there’s a long rant on this at Marry in Massachusetts. I won’t take up the space here, but if you’re at all as wired about this as I, click on over.