Originally Posted by Claghorn
This. What is the general objection to this? It makes perfect sense. It's fair. Straight couples aren't married by the government because marriage isn't a legal term. Straight couples, when they register at the court house, get a civil union license rather than a marriage license. Of course, I imagine nothing will change as far as people, gay or straight, calling each other "husband" and "wife"...and in practical terms, gay folks will end up married as there are plenty of churches willing to perform the ceremony.
Gibonious really hit the nail on the head. The conservatives don't want to give up the word "marriage" for men and women. They want gays to be separate but equal, which we all know is never truly equal, or they wouldn't have to be separate. And it's such a petty thing... but it blows my mind when I talk to people who feel this way, and they say "it's the same thing, why can't they just accept civil unions?" and I say "so why don't you?" and they say "because my marriage is a traditional marriage"
And then you get into the whole circular argument about "marriage should be able to lead to children"... "so infertile couples should not be allowed to marry?"
It's just so very boring and redundant.
Well, as long as this is an issue, I have to hear so much less about abortion - so I'm for dragging it out a while.