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It wold appear from his own words that he would prefer that it be just "a contract" for all people, not just for gay marriages.
I assume that the reason the term "marriage" offends him is because, historically speaking, marriage has been a religious institution done to make a promise in the eyes of god.
If he contends that his religious stance is that homosexuality is not accepted by his god, then I get why he'd be against using the word.
It seems as if he's not talking about separate-but-equal, at least in my assessment--he's lamenting the fact that, for government purposes, it wasn't just called "a contract" to begin with, and now the term "marriage" is causing the issue, not the legally-binding union in the eyes of the government.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic
First, I never said that there is a problem with all of us using the word marriage--you're barking up the wrong tree, here.
I do, however, feel that it'd be better to remove the term "marriage" out altogether and just make it a civil contract--hell, marriage really is "JUST a contract" as it stands now, just with the word "marriage" in it. Religions could still hold on to the word all that they want, as could anyone else, but the official government status would change words from "married" to something else, still providing all the same stuff.
The more we can remove government from the marriage issue, the better off we'll all be. At least this proposal in Oklahoma is a start.
Under his proposal, marriage certificates could be signed only by a religious official, who would then pass the certificate along to the clerk. Judges could no longer perform legal marriages.
While couples who didn’t have a religious official handy could still qualify for a common law marriage, this still means only church-sanctioned relationships could be legally, formally recognized.
This measure is not only exclusionary to LGBT folks who may be barred from religious ceremonies, as well as atheists and others who wouldn’t opt for a religious marriage