Marriage is not about faith

Marriage should no longer be labeled as a “religious institution.”

Meghan O'Connor

Just a few days ago, The Wall Street Journal published a story titled “When two traditions wed.” The basis of the article was inter-religious marriages in America and how the placement of these marriages is becoming commonplace. It was reported that one in two marriages in America are interfaith.

Marriage is traditionally seen as a religious institution. However, through the rise in the number of inter-religious marriages, the traditional definition of marriage has come into question.

This week marks the Supreme Court hearings on both Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act, which both discuss the legality of recognizing same-sex marriages. Additionally, Facebook is turning red in support of marriage equality for all.

Many arguments against marriage equity lead back to what is stated in the Bible and the people who still believe that marriage is a religious institution. If we revert back to the beginning of this column, however, it is clear that the definition of marriage is a product of change. What once stood to be a solely religious union is now shifting toward spending the future with “the one,” regardless of religious affiliation.

Marriage in America means more than having the ability to share your life with a person of your choice. It bears social and financial benefits that are as of now not available to any couple that isn’t categorized as heterosexual.

Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it state that a marriage is between a man and a woman. So, in prohibiting any person to marry we are in violation of the Constitution itself.

I’m not claiming to be an expert on the topic of marriage equality or inter-religious marriage specifically. It just struck me as curious that inter-religious marriage was being celebrated as a confirmation for American tolerance, but it continues to show intolerance toward same-sex couples. The extension for equal opportunity needs to be given to all.