i would just like to start off saying that it is not my intent to offend anyone here who may have a different opinion on this topic. i am just stating what i believe. i have a friend who is quite religious (though not one of those people who shove it down your throat) & doesn't believe in gay marriage & that it shouldn't be legalized b/c to her, marriage is a sacred thing covenant b/w a man & a woman. she has no problems w/ gays, she has gay friends, & she & i were going to live w/ a gay friend last yr before our plans fell through. i respect her belief & think that she is entitled to her opinion. however, i do believe it is that, an opinion. i told her that my opinion was to allow is b/c not everyone believes that it is a sacred thing b/w just a man & woman, but b/w 2 people that truly love each other & want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives despite their sex. i feel that making it illegal is like the government forcing their beliefs (mostly religious in this case) on everyone. just b/c you believe in something doesn't mean that everyone else does & that you can deny someone a right b/c of what you believe. i know that this doesn't apply to every law, but i do feel that it applies in this case. does anyone else feel this way? please try not to offend each other.