The "civil-union license issued by the state would be all they needed to unlock the benefits reserved in most states and in federal law for married couples."
I've heard some Christians float ideas like this, as a way to slice the Gordian knot. I can see the appeal; marriage was invented by God and should be sacred, should be guarded and kept holy. the state doesn't do that. The church should.
But here are some of the problems, as I see them:
- The homosexual lobby is not only concerned with robbing rights and standing that should not accrue to their particular perversion; their goal is to force societal approval of that perversion. The label matters to them.
- On the other side are those who are "against not just gay [sic] marriage but also gay [sic] couples - and especially against government sanctioning of those relationships, no matter what they are called."
- If the government does give false sanction to this particular perversion, then private citizens will be forced to approve of it as well. Private business owners will be forced to recognize first that perversion as equivalent to marriage, and then whatever else is queued up after it.
- Though homosexual activists swear up and down they have no intention of targeting churches — show of hands: how many believe them? Oh, I'm surprised, I do actually see a hand or two. So now, remember the death threats and raging specifically against Mormons for daring to support Proposition 8. How many hands now? Right.