Originally Posted by listopencil
It probably sounds a lot like "separate but equal" to them. I think it's a stupid idea because we already have marriage laws, and I don't think our government should be in the business of coddling religious bigots.
It's all splitting hairs and each group thinks they are more right than the other. And our Govenrment coddles enough groups now, what's one more.
Originally Posted by BigRedChief
Why don't we just give you a term and force you to be happy with that term?
They are not 2nd class citizens just because they are gay. They deserve every single benefit than heterosexual couples and individuals are granted.
This country will look back on this period with shame. The same way we look back on denying women and blacks equal rights. The future will not understand or be forgiving on how stupid we were.
If it accomplishes the result they are after I don't see the issue. Again I don't give two shits, they can legalize it and I couldn't care less. However, marriage is deeply rooted in religion (not just Christianity) and to most religious people that religious aspect is the sticking point.
It has nothing to do with treating someone as second class citizens, it's just terminology. I understand the fight, but I think this would be a good compromise considering the circumstances. Religious freedoms are part of what this country was founded on and I don't see where forcing religious believers to accept Gay Marriage is totally right either. If you could somehow remove the religious connotation I can see your point, but religion is deeply rooted in the traditional marriage.
Ultimately it's pretty stupid to have a fight over terminology and I realize I'm over simplifying it, but that's what it amounts to to me.