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The Rights Of Marriage
Author: Mark Spencer

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Let us look at the origin,
When matrimony first began.
A union considered Holy,
Between a woman and a man.

It exists at the foundation
Of religious institutions.
To perpetuate their people,
And preserve their constitutions.

Yet there are those who would amend,
Religionís choice to have that right.
And force their own will on the faiths,
Who developed this sacred rite.

You speak of the rights of others,
But do you truly understand?
You seek to steal religionís choice,
To satisfy your own demand.

It matters not why they believe,
Or if you think itís false or true.
They have the right to their beliefs,
The same freedom afforded you.

So if their principals deny,
Gay marriage as a holy bond.
Forcing your will upon their church,
Is not the right way to respond.

Start another institution,
Built on the principals of man.
A bond recognized by the law,
But separated from Godís plan.

That is the only compromise,
Which will be fair to everyone.
It will preserve religious rights,
While the prize you have sought, is won.

But if that is not good enough,
If the will of the church must fall.
Then what you seek is not justice,
And is not about rights at all.

If you bind one group in shackles,
As you set another one free.
What do you think youíve accomplished,
By forcing your will upon me?

Do you really care about rights?
Or is that a little white lie?
If this is what we have come to,
You can kiss our freedom good-bye.

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Comments on this poem/writing:

BadOldPuddyTat (67.124.150.90) -- Monday, May 16 2005, 10:52 am

You hit the nail on the head!!!

Bro, this is exactly right. The religious institutions have the right to their beliefs and tradition. No one elseís desires should be allowed to cancel them out. If the fight for one groupís rights requires taking rights away from another group, then itís not about freedom at all. Itís about binding one group to the will of another. Since alternative unions, which are as legal as holy matrimony, are more easily obtainable than forcing oneís will upon another, why not fight for that? Iím with you all the way on this one bro.
 
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