Wellspoken. My question is: In states where Civil Unions are recognized, and give gays the same “rights” as heterosexual married couples, why do gays still insist on being “married”?
May 23, 2012 at 9:06 am
In case I was in any way unclear, I’m in favor of secular marriage equality… (just in case anyone wants to rethink how well spoken I am, or anything… 8>)
As to the question, I seem to recall reading that there are over 1300 federal benefits attached to the word “marriage,” not to mention that DOMA prevents a gay couple legally “married” or “civilly united” in one state from moving to a state without marriage equality / civil unions from remaining legally united in that state, which really must stink for those affected, not to mention calling that whole US Constitution “full faith and credit clause” into question (though obviously, the powers that be in the legal / justice profession didn’t see it that way…)
That’s why I believe that the only way to keep the word “marriage” as a sacred bond, is to keep it from being used in federal, state, and local secular laws, which, if you ask me, is where the real redefinition of marriage took place years and years ago, when they first turned a religious sacrament into a term of secular law.
Posted May 23, 2012 at 9:35 am