Why do so many conservatives, outraged at government meddling in everything from health care to financial systems, find it acceptable for the government to establish a definition for something as personal as marriage?
Given the dismal job heterosexuals have done with marriage, the idea that allowing gays to marry would destroy the institution is nothing less than absurd. What, the divorce rate would soar to sixty percent?
Gov. Lingle of Hawaii is not so stupid as to think that minority rights are fairly treated in majority votes. Her veto of civil unions was a personal decision, a last exercise of power to satisfy a fading governor's religious convictions.
Will the culture war ever end? We have now had three presidents in a row who promised to unite the country. They all failed because it's hard to compromise on values. But this doesn't mean it's impossible.
How can it possibly not be time that America acknowledges marriage for one and all? Otherwise, the people of this nation must exercise their right and responsibility to abolish this failed form and reinstitute it altogether.
Even if people are willing, as good citizens, to grant gays and lesbians "all the rights married people have," they can't stand the thought of seeing marriage, a "sacred" word, and concept, brutalized.