Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Obligatory post on "Civil Unions"

I guess I have to chime in 20 months late on this issue. Here's my solution:

1. "The state" must STOP issuing "marriage" licenses entirely.

2. "The state" must START issuing "civil union" certificates to any two sentient, consenting adults who wish to confer domestic benefits upon one another. If the voters in a particular "state" will not grant such "civil union" certificates, then "the state" at least must recognize the rights that the couple has obtained by having one issued in another "state."

3. Those who wish to be "married in the eyes of God" should seek out a religious leader to obtain the spiritual blessings the couple deems necessary and appropriate.

The bottom line for me is that I DO NOT believe that "the state" - or even the majority of the population - has the right to infringe upon how two consenting adults choose to define their relationship and assign domestic benefits to one another.

But I also do not believe that elected or appointed officials - or the majority of the population - have the spiritual authority to decree that "God blesses" a particular relationship.


Blogger bill said...

Gotta say that this is exactly what reasonable people think. Problem is the people who are a lot closer to this... religious fundamentalists, and gay rights activists will have none of this "compromise" stuff.

2:07 PM, November 11, 2008  

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