Marriage is about committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other—that’s true of same-sex couples, too. Straight and gay couples want to marry for the same reasons, to build a life with the person they love.
Ending the exclusion of gay people from marriage would not change the “definition” of marriage, but it would remove a discriminatory barrier from the path of people who have made a personal commitment to each other and are now ready and willing to take on the responsibilities and legal commitment of marriage. These couples are asking to be included in the current definition of marriage: love, commitment and security shared between two people. When same-sex couples marry, they don’t change the “definition” of anyone else’s marriage.
Extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples would not compel any church or clergy to marry gay and lesbian couples. It would allow clergy members who wish to marry same-sex couples to do so. Churches have long been able to decide who they would and would not marry whether it’s divorced individuals looking to remarry or interfaith couples.
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