In determining the meaning of any Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word 'spouse' refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.
I doubt the churches are unhappy with the legal term. But by your reasoning, anyone who is unhappy can simply come up with a different term for it.if the churches are so unhappy, let them come up with a different term for it.
and the problem is that "civil unions" across the country have already been proven to be weaker and not as legally binding as marriage, so why take steps backwards
as far as religion goes, they already have their on totally separate thing that legal marriage has no effect on
religious marriage is meaningless to the debate