Michele Bachmann Meets Young LGBT Activist Elijah At Book Signing (VIDEO)_The former Obama-appointed U.S. Ambassador to China has said that he would not support marriage equality for gays and lesbians. "I think redefining marriage is something that would be impossible and it's something I would not be in favor of," he told MSNBC's Morning Joe in June. Still, he would reportedly continue to support civil unions: "I think we sometimes don't do an adequate job in talking about equality and in addressing fairness: hospital visitations, reciprocal beneficiary rights, insurance. There are a lot of these issues that I think we can do better with as people in the name of fairness and in the name of equality."
I just don't get this. As much as I admire John Huntsman, I think he's out to lunch here. Then again, I could be wrong, so please help me out.
1) When it comes to marriage, is it not a question of religion? Should it not be the choice of each religion whether or not they want to marry gay couples?
2) Whether it's marriage or civil union, don't either one qualify as "redefining?" Why would it be too difficult to "redefine" marriage but not civil union? One would think that in the eyes of the law, legislation would have to change in either circumstance.