Monday, August 04, 2008

Leave Marriage to the Churches

Today's USA Today has an interesting editorial suggesting that the way out of the increasingly rancorous debate on marriage equality, something I've been fine with for some time: requiring all couples to obtain a civil union. Then, those who want to be married can go to whatever church will have them.

The question is, how easy is that to accomplish? What legislation will be required to navigate the many hundreds of laws that currently deal with "marriage" that would now have to recognize civil unions?

1 comment:

Amanda said...

Well, and what do the rest of us who have obtained a secular marriage do? Don't get me wrong, I think this is a decent idea, one I suggested awhile back on my own blog, but it would certainly complicate our governmental structure for a long time. The problem is that our country wanted to secularize marriage, and now they don't like what that has come to mean. They want it back for the religions again. And that's difficult. Everything would have to be changed. That would have been a good idea a long time ago, but I don't know that it will work now. But I agree that people who are looking at these marriage issues as a challenge on their church laws really should get over the fact that religious and secular marriage are two different things, even if they use the same title.