WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS?

Marriage says “We are family” in a way that no other word does.

  • Marriage is one of the few times where people make a public promise of love and responsibility for each other and ask our friends and family to hold us accountable.

  • Gay and lesbian couples may seem different from straight couples, but we share similar values - like the importance of family and helping out our neighbors; worries - like making ends meet or the possibility of losing a job; and hopes and dreams - like finding that special someone to grow old with, and standing in front of friends and family to make a lifetime commitment.

It’s as basic as the Golden Rule.

  • Treating others as one would want to be treated includes allowing marriage for gay couples who are truly committed to each other.

  • Most straight couples would never want someone telling them they couldn’t marry, and when they think about it, many say they wouldn’t want to deny that for anyone else.

In America, freedom means freedom for everybody.

  • Marriage is a fundamental freedom that should not be denied to anyone.

  • We should protect, not limit individual freedoms.

Marriage strengthens families. It gives couples the tools and the security to build a life together and to protect their families.

  • Couples get married because they want to be there for each other in sickness and in health, when times are good and when things get tough. State and federal marriage laws provide a safety net of legal and economic protections for married couples and their children - including the ability to visit your spouse in the hospital and to transfer property, which can mean being able to remain in the family home when your spouse has passed away.

  • There have been attempts to create marriage-like relationship systems, but they don’t provide the same security and protections.

  • Allowing committed gay and lesbian couples to get married does not change the
    meaning of marriage.

  • All couples who marry in the United States must get a license for a civil marriage, usually at a courthouse or city hall. These civil marriages would also be available to same-sex couples.

  • Civil marriage for gay couples does not affect religious marriages, religious institutions or clergy in any way. No religion would be forced to marry same-sex couples, or recognize same-sex marriages within the context of their religious beliefs.

  • What defines a marriage is love and commitment, and the ability to protect your family.

 

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