Getting California out of marriage business proposed as answer to Prop. 8 war
At California's historic hearing on Proposition 8 earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin briefly imagined a scenario that might solve the legal conflict over a gay marriage ban.
What if the government were to get out of the "marriage business," Ming asked, and issue civil-union licenses to both straight and gay couples?
... circulating petitions for a ballot initiative that would strike the word "marriage" from state laws and substitute "domestic partnership."
The change would keep all the rights of marriage now on the books. But it would nullify Proposition 8 and make the new partnership category applicable to both gay and straight.
Can we just give everybody in California a freakin' dictionary and move on?
News Flash: The word "marriage" has more than one meaning.
Let's make it simple:
Definition #1: A religious or spiritual union or rite
Definition #2: A legal contract with set rights and responsibilities defined by law.
Religions of any kind are free and welcome to set any limits they see fit on Definition #1. But, in this country, no religion has any business trying to legislate Definition #2 to force others to live by their beliefs.
If you want to live in a theocracy, you might try Iran or Saudi Arabia or Israel. I'm sure those are lovely places to live. As long as you do and think and be exactly as the church/government believes you should.