I've been hesitating writing this for over a week now, but since this is my blog and I can write what I want, I am.
Hopefully this won't offend the 4 of you that read this blog :)
This is a view I've held for quite some time. It's something I've not heard anywhere else, but it's my honest opinion on the matter.
Enough justifying...here's what I'm avoiding saying:
In the light of all the controversy surrounding marriage these days, I personally believe that no one should be petitioning the government for a legally recognized marriage. Marriage, by definition, is a commitment between two people and God. It is a Christian institution. No matter how many times people try to say it, and how many candidates run with this as their platform, and how many Christians insist it is, the United States of America is not a Christian nation. This nation was founded on the basis of its inhabitants being able to choose any religion, or lack thereof, freely. To then call ourselves a Christian nation is a complete fallacy. In being able to choose to participate in religion and having separation of church and state, the government should not be involved in a religious commitment ceremony.
All that to say, I believe anyone and everyone who desires to be in a legally recognized commitment to another person should have a civil union, as far as the government is concerned. A man and women, two men, two women, even polyamorous groups (hey, if they are content with trying to keep more than one partner happy, honored, and fulfilled all at the same time...who am I to deny them their overachieving goals), all should be given civil unions in the context of government. Obviously marriages, commitment ceremonies, etc. can and should still take place at the specific couple's desire. The legal system should have no part in my decision to commit myself to God and to another person. But I, along with any other type of couple who so chooses, should be allowed the same rights by law.
I am a Christian, and I value the institution of marriage. I believe it belongs in religion, where it started. I believe that people should be free to commit their lives to whomever they choose, without persecution. The bible outlines homosexuality as a sin, just as it does deceit, pride, greed, lust, and many other things I do and we all do each day. None is worse or better than the other. Regardless of what we do or what anyone else does, we're called to love all people.