Now Maine is in on the act.
“In the past, I opposed gay marriage while supporting the idea of civil unions. I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law, and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.”
Get used to hearing that. The next time someone starts talking about how they’re for “civil unions,” but not “marriage,” kindly remind them that we’re fighting an all-or-nothing battle here. Any “civil union” legislation that is passed is just a jumping off point for the next round of debate on the unequal treatment of homosexual relationships.
The good news: A plurality of Americans still oppose any recognition of homosexual relationships.
The bad news (from the same poll): A majority favor some kind of recognition.
The question is, when Americans fully understand what recognizing homosexual relationships will mean (and come to realize “civil unions” are no middle ground), where will they stand?
I, for one, am hopeful. Marriage Amendments are 30-30 across the county, and we’ve successfully passed DOMA through the federal Congress. Americans recognize there is something special about marriage between one man and one woman. Where homosexual advocates have been very successful is in pushing an emotional story about how legislative acts like marriage amendments hurt people “who just want to love each other.” This resonantes powerfully with Americans who treasure the idea that we are all equal.
The other side’s argument is, of course, false, since no piece of legislation has ever had anything to do with “love,” and post Lawrence there are few if any restrictions on homosexual conduct of any kind. What “gay rights” supporters object to is any kind of recognition that heterosexual unions are uniquely important and productive to society (and that some people disagree with the way they choose to live their lives).
The more Americans see of the real homosexual community, the more they will recognize their argument for the farce that it is.