Should the Republican Party abandon its official opposition to gay marriage? Yahoo asked conservative and GOP voters to share where they'd like their party to stand on the issue.
COMMENTARY | There are few social issues as divisive as whether gay marriage should be legal in America. Regardless of whether you support homosexuality, or believe it is a "sin," at its heart, this issue is about whether people are free to be with whom they choose and in what manner they choose.
The complication is that marriage is both a legal status and a religious rite. In most religions, marriage is traditionally between one man and one woman.
The issue is twofold: Should individuals be free to be with whom they wish in the manner that they choose, and should the traditional meaning of marriage be redefined to accommodate this freedom?
I believe laws need to be changed to eliminate discrimination against individuals who live together for financial, tax and insurance reasons. This is true whether the couples is homosexual or heterosexual. Those who live together as a unit, regardless of their gender, should not be discriminated against by policies of the state.
Therefore, whether someone is "married" should not be used as the qualifier for benefits, taxes, inheritance and so forth. The qualifier should be whether or not someone lives together as a family, regardless of marital status and regardless of gender. Separation of church from state is the true issue. Discrimination based on marital status should be eliminated and marriage should remain a religious rite defined by the followers of that religion -- not the government.
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