Turning a moral wrong into a Civil right- My thoughts on same sex marriage

I believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. I believe that Marriage is ordained of God. Lately I have felt that I can’t come out and openly say that I believe that because if I do I will be accused of being closed minded and prejudiced. Being against same sex marriage has been likened to being racist. I read a blog recently written by a christian man who explains why heGod defines marriage is for Gay Marriage. He basically says that while he believes marriage should be between a man and a wife that he is not against gay marriage because it is a legal term not a religious term. He also goes on to say that just because same sex marriage is now legal doesn’t make heterosexual marriage any less sanctioned by God. you can find his blog here:

I have a friend who is gay. He got married last December to another man. I like this person a lot and I feel no need to tell him that he is wrong or to try to conform him to my way of thinking. I am glad he is happy and that he has found someone he wants to be with. This has made me really think about my views on same sex marriage.

Here are the three main reasons why I am against the legalization of same sex marriage.

#1 I believe God is in charge and he decides what is right and wrong. I believe that He doesn’t approve of same sex marriage

#2 While same sex marriage doesn’t effect the validity of my marriage I am worried that by making it legal that it will effect religious rights. How long will it take before the government tells religions that they have to honor same gender marriage in their individual churches? How long will it take for them to tell The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that they have to honor same sex marriage in their temples? I am worried that it will effect everyone by forcing us to live in a way we believe is morally wrong. I believe the government should stay completely out of marriage matters. I think marriage should be a religious institution and left up to the individual religions to decide.

#3 Now that this decision has been made to legalize marriage between two men or two women what’s going to stop the legalization of polygamy or even people marrying their pets? I worry that marriage won’t be sacred anymore.

I love people and believe that we should all be free to live the way we feel is best. I don’t believe that people should be discriminated against or kept from the same rights and privileges  as everyone else but I also believe that God is ultimately in charge not the government and that now that same sex marriage is legalized that it will effect my rights. I am afraid that there will come a time when I won’t be able to speak out about my beliefs without it becoming a civil rights or discrimination issue. I am afraid of how this will effect raising children with moral values.