I am not conservative and I am not liberal. I am a veteran and an American citizen. In my mind, that means I should fight for the individual liberty of all persons unless there is so much evidence that even the most stubborn of us see that we need governmental interference. For example, murder needs governmental interferance. Speed limits do not. Germany has done just fine with no speed limit on the Autobahn that it disproves the need for governmental interference by counter-example.
Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I just did not want to be called a social conservative.
I fail to see how if (not yelling, just emphasizing) EVERYONE has to get a Civil Union in order to have government recognition of their relationship this can be seen as making gays and lesbians second class citizens. Marriage is a RELIGIOUS term, not a SOCIAL term.
Anyway, I need more clarification on why you think gays and lesbians will think their unions have a second class status socially and legally. I fear you may not understand what I am trying to say.
What I envision is this:
Governments no longer have the term marriage found anywhere in their legal or social codes. The term is replaced with Microsoft Word’s wonderful feature: “Replace” in all documents and immediately replaced with the phrase “Conjunction of Personalities” or “Civil Union between…” or “Melding of …” or whatever term is finally agreed upon.
The term marriage is forever relegated to the chruches. You can have a marriage ceremony in your church with your pastor and friends in attendance to make a committment to God of your love. This committment, however, has absolutely no legal bearing at all. The wife would even be prohibitted from changing her surname to her husbands because nothing, in the eyes of the government, has changed.
Instead, these couples would now have to have the religious ceremony in a church AND get a union before a magistrate or just skip the religious ceremony altogether and only have the magistrate’s unionization of their lives.
If anything, this punishes the religious. They now have to rent a church, hire a pastor, get the crew together for the ceremony AND make an appointment with the magistrate and pay for that as well. Gay’s and lesbians are not getting a second rate deal here, Christians and Catholics are (and Jews, and Muslims, etc, etc, etc.)