Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Jun 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm
curmudgeon is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
I totally agree. The government should stay out of religion (and vice-versa).
If people want to make their own personal commitments and get "married" in a church or on the beach or wherever, fine. But if they want legal recognition of their status, whatever that may mean, they need to execute a binding civil contract.
I think this arrangement would end a lot of silly contention, like the kerfluffle over same-sex marriage. If a church won't "marry" LGBT(or mixed-race) couples, they can take their business to a more congenial venue, and who cares?