While the gay community will never convince the most conservative that we should have the right to marry (and divorce), what is most upsetting is when our allies, including the president, stop short on this issue.
Creating new, separate, and different levels of rights and recognition among committed couples only creates further inequity, confusion, and discord even internally among states that seek to expand rights.
The church certainly has the right as a private institution to believe what they want and to act accordingly. However, they simply do not have the right to bring that discrimination into the public sphere.
Delaware's new law is being celebrated as the next step on the way to full marriage rights for same-sex couples in Delaware. But can't we do better than marriage-lite when we advocate for law reform in this area?