Viewpoints on same-sex unions

     The Interfaith Alliance, an ecumenical group, advocates that government refrain from trying to impose a secular definition of marriage on a religiously diverse nation. Instead, it believes that religious freedom would best be served by allowing each religious tradition to affirm or refuse same-sex unions on the grounds of its own doctrines.

     “Do what you will, just not in the streets (and don't frighten the horses).”
          — British folk-saying, Victorian era

“Let me put it to you bluntly.  In a changing world, we want more people to have control over your own life.”— President G.W. Bush, speaking on 9 August 2004.

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
   — Theodore Roosevelt, responding to Woodrow Wilson's crackdown on dissent          following America's entry into WWI (1918)

"As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression .... It is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air -- however slight -- lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness."
   — (US Supreme Court Justice) William O. Douglas, noting that the protection of liberty is
         not self-executing

The Constitution guarantees to Americans the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.... Nathaniel Hawthorne pointed out that “Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”