I have a question, actually maybe a clarification. Isn’t “marriage” something done in a church and regulated by the church? A civil-union is done by a judge? Both need a license to get done that is issued by the state. Now in order to make a “gay-marriage” legal would it not have to be recognized by the church, which I do not think is going to happen. But a civil union would be done by a judge who is working for the state in most cases. Should in fact states make it legal to get a gay-civil union why would any of us care? Both marriage and civil unions give couples the same rights that come to men and women who chose to do so.
Aren’t we the party of “small government” who doesn’t want them sticking their noses in our personal private lives? I have an aunt who is gay. She has been with the same woman for over 30 years, they live together and are basically “married”. Recently my aunt had some heart problems and was hospialized for a few weeks. Her girlfriend was unable to see her because the hospital had a “family only” visitors policy. For the first few days she was upset at not being able to see her until I spoke to her on the phone and told her to just say she was her sister. She was let right in. This seems to be simply punishment for being gay.
Now I am not making the argument because I’m biased, but because we are constantly talking about “small government” and this seems to be violating that. We all agree to not discriminate on sex, color or creed, the latter of which is by choice, should we hold sexual preference against someone but not religion? Now I’m not talking about chicken sex or marrying a bicycle or something. Help me out guys, I am on our side on most everything else but this one is always stumping me.