Support and affirmation of marriage rights for same-sex couples generally comes from certain Christian denominations that are considered theologically liberal. Supporting marriage rights for gays and lesbians reflects their Christ-like commitment to the equality and dignity of all people. While self-identified theological liberal organizations such as the Religious Society of Friends Quakerssupport same-sex marriage, other more conservative and or orthodox organizations including some Mennonite churches, the Church of the Brethrenthe Old Catholic Church and the Church of Sweden  also support marriage rights for gay and lesbian persons.
The idea of allowing two people of the same gender to enter into the institution of marriage has brought out drastic emotions and reactions from many different groups of people. Those who engage in the debate believe strongly in their convictions; the two loudest voices tend to come from the gay community and the religious community, the former arguing in favor of same-sex marriage and the latter against it.
Religious groups, predominantly from a Christian based faith, seem to be the single most influential force in the attempts to keep same-sex marriage illegal. In order to better understand the significance of these numbers, it is important to note that forty five percent of Californian voters say that they attend church services weekly, with an additional twelve percent of voters who attend church services at least once a month.
This does not include the voters who also attend for religious holidays such as Christmas or Easter Stone Thus these statistics represent a large portion of Californians, and thus a majority of voters.
An Inappropriate Relationship," e-Research: A Journal of Undergraduate Work:Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in the U.S state of Massachusetts since May 17, , as a result of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) ruling in Goodridge v.
Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts Constitution to allow only opposite-sex couples to marry.
Massachusetts became the sixth jurisdiction in the world (after the. Religious groups, predominantly from a Christian based faith, seem to be the single most influential force in the attempts to keep same-sex marriage illegal. Proposition 8 passed by a vote of 52% to 48%; according to one exit poll 81% of self-identified Evangelicals supported the proposition and those who say they attend church services weekly supported it by a vote of 84%.
Many same-sex marriage opponents disagree based solely on the use of the word “marriage.” Those opponents to same-sex marriage feel that the term marriage is defined by societal norms or established by religious tradition and should be limited to only define a relationship between a man and a woman.
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Dean Smith who has drafted his own marriage amendment (definition and religious freedomsbill was a member of that committee. His bill does not deal with many of the contested religious freedom issues. Not all of us who want these issues addressed are opponents of same-sex marriage.
Even within the Roman Catholic Church, there can be found a few a groups who support for same-sex marriage.
For example, while the Vatican and most of the Roman Catholic hierarchy oppose same sex marriages, there are a few Catholic theologians who support gay marriages.