As for civil unions, they can call it what they want They have the right to equal treatment as they are human beings like you or me. So I'd agree with civil unions but we should also respect the argument of the opposing side as even they have their right to a fair say.
Hamilton The Establishment Clause: Hamilton An accurate recounting of history is necessary to appreciate the need for disestablishment and a separation between church and state.
The religiosity of the generation that framed the Constitution and the Bill of Rights of which the First Amendment is the first as a result of historical accident, not the preference for religious liberty over any other right has been overstated.
In reality, many of the Framers and the most influential men of that generation rarely attended church, were often Deist rather than Christian, and had a healthy understanding of the potential for religious tyranny. This latter concern is to be expected as European history was awash with executions of religious heretics: Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim.
Three of the most influential men in the Framing era provide valuable insights into the mindset at the time: Franklin saw a pattern: If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution.
The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England blamed persecution in the Romish Church, but practiced it upon the Puritans.
These found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here [England] and in New England. The father of the Constitution and primary drafter of the First Amendment, James Madison, in his most important document on the topic, Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessmentsstated: During almost fifteen centuries has the legal establishment of Christianity been on trial.
What have been its fruits?
More or less in all places, pride and indolence in the Clergy, ignorance and servility in the laity, in both, superstition, bigotry and persecution. What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the Civil authority; in many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people.
Two years later, John Adams described the states as having been derived from reason, not religious belief: It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had any interviews with the gods, or were in any degree under the influence of Heaven, any more than those at work upon ships or houses, or laboring in merchandise or agriculture; it will forever be acknowledged that these governments were contrived merely by the use of reason and the senses.
Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are examples of early discord. In Massachusetts, the Congregationalist establishment enforced taxation on all believers and expelled or even put to death dissenters.
Baptist clergy became the first in the United States to advocate for a separation of church and state and an absolute right to believe what one chooses. Baptist pastor John Leland was an eloquent and forceful proponent of the freedom of conscience and the separation of church and state.
Even so, the Quakers set in motion a principle that became a mainstay in religious liberty jurisprudence: Read the full discussion here. The reason for this proliferation of distinct doctrines is that the Establishment Clause is rooted in a concept of separating the power of church and state.
These are the two most authoritative forces of human existence, and drawing a boundary line between them is not easy. The further complication is that the exercise of power is fluid, which leads both state and church to alter their positions to gain power either one over the other or as a union in opposition to the general public or particular minorities.
The following are some of the most important principles. A Massachusetts law delegated authority to churches and schools to determine who could receive a liquor license within feet of their buildings. The Supreme Court struck down the law, because it delegated to churches zoning power, which belongs to state and local government, not private entities.Children do not choose to enter their families; moreover, children are, at least initially, completely dependent on their caretakers.
Parents are rightly taken to have an obligation to care for their children that does not rest on children's consent or contract. The main concern and argument against same-sex couples question whether same-sex household would be able provide the children with the adequate amount for gender roles.
positive tolerance leads to some support for the rights of gays and lesbians to both marry and adopt they feel that if these orphaned children are not allowed to be.
(CBS News) A new study that finds children of a gay or lesbian parent may be more likely to have social and emotional problems has sparked controversy on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate.
Nearly seven in 10 respondents say businesses should not be allowed to refuse service to gays. On this question, majorities across partisan lines said businesses should not be allowed to deny service.
Thus, when these two responses are combined, up to 85% of Americans either support the policy of don't ask don't tell, or go further and want gays and lesbians to be allowed to serve in the military openly.
Fact Sheet: Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting, Adoption, and Foster CareThe last decade has seen a sharp rise in the number of lesbians and gay men forming their own families through adoption, foster care, artificial insemination and other means.
Researchers estimate that the total number of children nationwide living with at least one gay parent ranges from six to 14 million.