To me if the people of any state vote to approve gay marriage I would reluctantly live with that decision...I ask my Liberal friends if the people of a state vote to have marriage defined ad a union between a man and a woman will you accept that decision..........Never mind I know the answer, and you lefties call us the intolerant ones....HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!!!!
"God Bless Our Troops in Harms Way."
A law redefining ALL marriages between any two consenting adults to instead become civil unions would be equal.
A law recognizing some couples as legally married, while others as having a civil union...would not be equal.
In any case, there's no rational basis for having different terms in the first place, and appeal to "tradition" (typically a code word for some of the more socially conservative strains of organized religion which continually -- and falsely -- appoint themselves guardians of a monolithic culture which never existed in the first place) has no place in the legislature.
In the era of open de jure segregation, there were mobs all over the south (and many more people silently backing them) Who Simply Didn't Get It, and were more than content to fight tooth and nail to oppose and prevent effective equality under the law so long as they maintained the social, political, and financial power to do so. People arguing against legal recognition of marriage for gay couples are today's equivalent of those mobs and silent armchair supporters.
I've moved on to a better forum (scienceforums.net). Facts matter, and I don't have the time or energy for putting up with the pretense that they don't. PM me if you'd like me to get in touch with you when I'm done developing my own forum system, likely towards the end of 2013.