President Obama announced Wednesday that he believes same-sex couples should be granted the right to marry, becoming the first U.S. president in history to fully embrace that level of civil rights for gays.Read the rest here.
Obama’s announcement gave an immediate jolt to the decades-long movement for gay equality at a moment when a growing number of states are moving to ban — or legalize — same-sex unions and as polls show a majority of Americans support marriage rights.
Yawn... in other news the sun rose in the east this morning. We need to get the government out of the whole marriage issue. The word "marriage" should be expunged from the legal code and replaced with "civil union" or some equivalent phrase. Those who want their particular domestic arrangements recognized by the state could then go to the court house and file the appropriate paperwork.
Those who wish to "marry" would then go to their respective place of worship and speak with their respective clergy person and ask to marry. Marriage would thus become a purely private matter of religious faith with no interference from the state.
Should there be any limits on civil unions? Yes. For obvious and pragmatic reasons polygamous or polyamorous relationships as also incestuous and nonconsensual civil unions would be proscribed.