Elections are coming up here in the States. My state, California, recently legalized marriage by people of the same gender. Now, there is a proposition in the coming election to overturn that. Between my house and work (only half a mile), there are no fewer than 8 lawnsigns for one side of the issue or the other. I know that the issue has legal, social, and religious ramifications. It has an emotional impact of both sides. But, it is also an important civil rights issue that needs to be considered. My own stance is that to deny rights to any group is discrimination. I believe in the seperation of church and state. Most of the objections I hear are religious in nature. I don't think any religion's mandate should affect the law. The law should be ethical, but not based on any one religion. Therefore, I think that gays should be allowed to legally marry same as anyone else. They should get the same benefits and responsibilities. That does not mean that religions need to perform or ligitimize these unions themselves. But, they shouldn't prevent a couple from marrying in the eyes of law. The eyes of God is up for debate. I think either we need to legalize marriage for all concenting adults or remove the word marriage from everyone and make "Civil Unions" for everyone. This is just my opinion. I am curious to hear what others have to say. I trust we can all be respectful and mature about this.