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Monday, May 14, 2007

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Michael S

Well spoken.

You're beautuful when you're mad.

putdownthedictionary

I can't say I disagree with you, but I do take issue with your emotionality. Calm down tiger, cause you're only preaching to the choir. I am most confused about the intended audience. Are you hoping straight people read this? It's like writing a political commenary about racism in Ebonic.

Aatom

if this was an issue that was agreed upon in lockstep by all gay people, you might have a point. I suggest you take a straw poll amongst your gay friends though, see how much agreement you find.

Joshua Foust

"...it is easier for us to sneak in the back door, so to speak..."

Truer words were never spoken.

But seriously, I'd be fine with civil unions... provided everyone had them. I think that would be the ultimately equitable solution, in which the government is fully divorced, so to speak, from religious marriage, and the legal concept is applied equally (churches can make their own decisions over whether or not to discriminate, as they can right now on other issues).

Incidentally, this is why I think some of the European countries have it right. And, obviously, why the current crop of second-class citizenship proposals have it exactly wrong.

Good stuff.

Aatom

Yes, but in order to believe in this idea, Josh, you have to believe that it's likely, or even possible, for the US to go that route and remove the civil component from marriage altogether, creating a separate system of civil unions. With all of the monkey howling about watering down the institution already, do you really think a majority of Americans would go for the idea that the government can't marry anybody? It's far more likely, in my opinion, that we will be allowed into the civil institution before we dismantle the whole damn system and rebuild it.

lee

I confess to having been on the wrong side of this issue for a long, long time. Basically, I was pissed that we gay folk had not come up with something better than marriage as an institution. I mean, we managed to create tea dance and fuck buddies (not to mention a fabulous list of sexual accessories) so it wasn't completely out of the question, right?

But times change. The most rational solution would have been for states to get out of the marriage business entirely, creating only civil unions for everybody, and letting the churches call things whatever they wanted. But that was never going to work. Even up here in Massachusetts the legislature wouldn't go near civil unions until the court said "marriage it will be." Then they were panting like puppies to offer up civil unions. Fortunately the court said, "Marriage means marriage. Go away now."

Ray

The Constitution of the United States is worth squat on both sides of the political crack. Neither side wants to read it, and one side wouldn't understand it if it could.

I'm with you on this one. I've had that same argument with some of my otherwise very intelligent and otherwise well-read, gay friends.

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