Originally Posted by Taco John
The root word of civil comes from the latin "civis" which means "citizen."
Whatever the battle for whatever the set of "rights," it's a civil rights battle - a battle over what rights a citizen has.
The right to copulate with little boys is a civil rights battle. Whether they are right or wrong doesn't change the fundamental nature of what kind of battle it is (ie. rights for citizens).
Anyone who says the battle for gay rights isn't a civil rights battle are not only wrong, but they're ignorant to the point of being morons. They should seriously question themselves about whether they even have a place in public policy discussions given how demonstrably ignorant they are. These are truly the kind of citizens the founders were trying to protect us against when they eschewed democracy in favor of a representative republic.
From the strict meaning of the Latin origin of the word civil I agree with you. When adding the cultural and historical context of the U.S. "Civil Rights" battle I no longer see all civil rights issues fitting the same context.
In our Constitution rights are inalienable not a right granted by government. Since Gays have all the same rights as everyone else the question I ask myself are we as a people not recognizing an inalienable right that exists for Gays to marry? I think this is not an issue of inalienable rights, but an issue of behavior that society has every right to decide just like pedophilia or polygamy. As a conservative and Christian sexual bent has no impact on how I feel about a person or couple, but I don't see Gay marriage as a natural right.