In new post called Marriage vs Civil Unions Bilerico DC contributor John Shields argues that we should abandon the fight for marriage and instead focus on fighting for equal rights.
This has to stop. This war of words between "straight marriage" and "gay marriage" must end, as this particular elephant is sucking the air out of nearly every other issue the LGBTQ community is fighting for in nearly every corner of our country. From hate crimes, to ENDA, to the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell legislation pending before the U.S. Congress - it is time to get off the "marriage" train, and get onboard the Equal Rights train.
In my Washington Blade editorial, I argued that it was all about nomenclature. I believed then, as I believe now, that the United States of America should pivot to civil unions for all, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. I argued then, as I do now, that the separation of church and state - enshrined in the American Constitution - demands that we separate the church from what should be a civic matter. Civil unions for all, and then you can (if you so desire) head to your house of worship and "enshrine" your love and commitment in any manner you and your partner so desire.
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