- Tara DeWitt
- Sandy, UT
- United States
What if "civil union" (and the related benefits/rights) were regulated by the government and "marriage" regulated by individual religions?
The essential social problem: Gays do not currently have the same rights and benefits as heterosexuals in the U.S. This is an issue of inequality. Also, states currently have the power to regulate marriage, so some states may offer equality (in this area) and others may not.
One possible solution: That "marriage" be taken out of the government's hands and put solely into the hands of individual churches/religions, and "civil unions" be regulated by the federal government (with the laws being the same for every state, and the rights/benefits being equal for every civl union). And the government could obviously still define a civil union as something like "2 consenting adults."
A consenting 100-year-old man can marry a consenting 18-year old woman (regardless of the motivation of either party). An intoxicated, irrational, yet "consenting" man and woman, who are strangers, can be married by "Elvis" in Vegas. So why would two responsible men who are committed to each other, care for each other, and likely support each other (financially and otherwise), be denied the same rights and benefits as those couples?
It seems to me that equality can be created in our country, while still respecting all religions.
I'm just wondering why this option hasn't been looked at more by politicians, activists, or interested citizens... Am a missing something?