The term civil union should replace the term marriage for legal purposes
Both terms, civil union (for gay couples)and marriage (for straight), should be used
The term marriage should be use equally for gay and straight couples
Gay couples should not be able to have the rights of marriage at all.
I was speaking to those in this thread, and the majority of the opponents of legalizing gay marriage, that believe marriage is a religious institution and that our how our laws recognize marriage should be dictated by their religion.
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Why in the world would you use a different term when a perfectly good one already exists? Religion doesn't own marriage, it never has and never will, I couldn't care less if it offends the theotards that someone they don't like is using a word they lay claim to, they need to grow the hell up.
Would we have been having this debate a few decades ago when multi-racial marriage became common? Oh, let's call their marriage something different because it might offend the racist religious nutballs!
The whole debate is ludicrous.
I really don't see how people can think that the legal version of marriage is still religious in its nature considering that it violates the rules of most religious groups in the US for marriage. People arguing from a religious standpoint are being ridiculous because clearly the legal institution of marriage is secular and the marriage laws would have nothing to do with the marriage in their churches.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
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It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Clearly, if the label meant nothing, gays wouldn't push for it.
Your post shows that you don't really grasp either side of the issue, and that you don't really care to, either.
Yet that's not enough. Gays cry inequality, and they are correct, but not in the way it appears.
The 14th amendment grantees equality under the law, and today gays in CA have achieved equality under the law.
Where gays are still unequal in not under the law, but sociologically, yet there is no grantee to be equal in society nor can any court ruling dictate sociological acceptance.
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