United States Congress: Don’t legistate religious doctrine

I recently received an email from, honestly, one of the most annoying political action groups that I know of. MoveOn.org.

I say that they are annoying mostly because I get an urgent email from them just about once a day telling me about the latest injustice inflicted upon US citizens by the Bush Administration.

I could wax politic about the current climate of reactionary politics in the US, and how we should be focusing our energy solving problems, etc. blah blah blah but I’ll save that for another day.

Despite their vexatious tenacity, MoveOn.org occationally moves me to action. Today was one such time.

Here, I am publishing the short note I attached to a nasty-gram, sent by MoveOn.org on my behalf to President George W. Bush, and to my (Virginia) US Senators and congressman stating that I oppose an ammendment to the US constitution to deny marriage rights (and benefits) to same-sex couples.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I believe that prohibiting same-sex marriages denies those would do so their unalienable right to pursue happiness.

Religious organizations and groups have every right to refrain from performing any such marriage. However, the government has no business legislating religious doctrine.

‘Nuff said at this point. I don’t care if you’re an atheist or a Bible-beater. The word “marriage” as used in the “Defense of Marriage” act and its ilk is decidedly religious in nature. Religion has no business in the US constitution. Marriage in the minds of same-sex couples (not to put words into their mouths) is more about rights than religion. In that vein, same-sex couples deserve the right to get married.

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