As the preparatory groundwork begins for next years elections, gay activists are making noise yet again about how unfair it is that they are not allowed to be legally married in the United States.
As I expect that most of the readers of this site are on the left hand side of the political spectrum, I thought I would share my slightly more conservative views of the issue, and see if some agreement can be worked out on how to handle this issue.
Frankly, I do not support gay marriage as a right. For me, this is not about denying gays the same rights that straight people enjoy, I fully support that notion. My problem is with the label of marriage attached to this. In my mind a marriage is a religious bond in which two people affirm their love and/or commitment for/to each other in the eyes of their God (be it Judeo-Christian, Islam, or what have you)
As much as many liberals want to remove any shred of Christianity from the government, I’d like to remove government from the church. My solution is fairly simple. Stop issuing marriage licenses and make them all civil unions. This way the rights of the gays are not infringed upon and marriage (in the religious sense) has been protected.
I will add one caveat to this. In any law allowing gays the right to “marry” (I’m not clever enough to come up with a new term, and civil unions is fucking lame), an exemption should exist that any church refusing to perform the wedding ceremony may not be prosecuted for discriminatory practices. It is not for the state to interpret the Bible, Koran, etc for the church. This should be left to the church to decide for itself.
So, am I insane, or does this seem like a reasonable compromise between conservatives and liberals? I’d like to hear your thoughts on this.