For Moder8, as I want to provide my answer to the question why?
A truthful answer...
the use of 'you' is not Moder8 but a generalization.
Please tolerate my response with this issue (as I do with some other specific ones).
You are right that the separation of church and state is in existence in the US and that one doesn't want my religious views to be law.
What I consider moral is different from you (the general you, no one in particular).
If I had to vote on whether to legalize immorality, I'll vote no.
True, many of my views are based on my religious views - then again, it's my life's experience that guides my views. Some issues, like whether a dog should be on a leash has nothing to do with religion, and so not all my decisions are religious based.
I understand why others don't want my religious views to be the law.
I simply don't want immoral activity to be legal. What I deem to be immoral.
Is that too hard to understand?
However, I also understand the rule of law. If the law states the right must be given, that the actions must be legalized, because the Constitution overrides my personal belief- so be it.
See, that wasn't so hard.
I've been on a jury where I had to place my bigotry at the door, my personal beliefs at the door, my conscience at the door.
Will I abide by the judge's interpretation of the law? Will I hold my responsibility as a juror above myself? Yes. I so I have.
Do I hate being in that position? Yes. Is this my country? Yes. Will I fight for the rights of others, despite my disgust of their behavior? Yes.
I have to add this thought and I can't remember who said it -paraphrased:
I could believe in God or not. So, if there is no God, then I prepared myself, through good behavior and morals, for nothing.
But, if there is a God, and I was wrong, then the result is far worse.
For being immoral, than living otherwise, would mean hell to pay.
To wager my soul against legalizing immorality? I'll have to accept the law to violate morality, not me, in that decision. I'll confess to my Creator the path I chose, not the path I tolerated.