I cannot understand how we as American citizens are so blind to the fact that we are fighting a war against a sect that wants religion to rule their people, yet we also want to allow that here as well. The irony of that scrambles my brain. And why is it that those who know the least speak the loudest. You know nothing of the history of marriage. A marriage is not a religious ritual. That myth was started in 1563. The Council of Trent decreed that marriages should be celebrated in the presence of a priest and at least two witnesses. Throughout human history prior to this, the church had little to no involvement in marriage beyond clerical duties of record keeping in some regions. The Council also decreed that the church's interpretation of the Bible was final. Any Christian who substituted his or her own interpretation was a heretic. Thus the hijacking of marriage by the Christian church began.