Our republic may not restrict the reasonable pursuit of life, liberty and happiness.
The word marriage refers to a legal, state-sanctioned union. Holy matrimony is a religious union derived from the sacraments and beliefs of a religious entity. A religious sect or denomination alone performs holy matrimony.
As a cherished freedom, the right to free expression of religious beliefs, we’ve made it the absolute right of any religion to control the nature and scope of its sacraments, including the choice to reject certain conditions within their own sect; divorce, adultery, homosexuality. However, forcing beliefs upon others outside their community is unacceptable.
To pretend that gays marrying opens the door to humans marrying donkeys is as asinine as arguing freedom of religious expression inevitably leads to human sacrifice and stoning adulterers.
The freedom of some to marry has never imposed hardship upon the right of others to holy matrimony.