I believe everyone should have the option to get married, regardless of gender.
I understand it's against a lot of religions beliefs, and no I don't think the church should have to perform a ceremony if it goes against their beliefs, that should be up to them, but a lot of the time, same sex couples don't get the same rights as heterosexual couples such as hospital visiting, etc, because they're not married.
I think he was making the point that, that was the norm in the past for people to think like that about interracial couples, and now we just think that's silly, and yet another kind of prejudice is still considered the norm...
I think that was exactly his point, and I think he is correct. Back before civil rights, it was unheard of for an interracial couple to be together and god forbid if they did. I am pro-gay marriage, and no Hope, not all gay couples want to get married just for a tax break, just as not all straight couples want to be married for a tax break. I didn't think when I married my husband, "Boy, now we're married, our taxes will be better!" I thought about how I loved him and wanted to spend my life with him. Sure, we could have continued to just live together, like a lot of people do, but of course that's a sin too, right?
While I do believe in gay marriage, I agree that a church shouldn't be forced to marry a couple if it goes against their religious beliefs. That being said, there are a lot of churches that would be willing to marry gay couples but cannot because their state does not allow it. In my Methodist college, our preacher was the leader of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender alliance. He wasn't himself, but he strongly believed in the right for all to be married, and I know that if Virginia would allow it, he would step up and marry anyone who wanted it. Also, taking the religion out of it, why shouldn't the government be able to marry them? There's no religious qualms about it in that situation.