Up there, in the lefthand corner, yeah, right there, that big green state. Washington! Yes! That one.
The Washington Legislature passed a so-called "everything but marriage" bill that grants same-sex couples all the rights and benefits the state offers married couples without letting them say they are married.
Huh? What? Huh?
This is my issue with this Let-the-gays-get-unioned-but-don't-let-em-call-it-marriage mentality. It's still "less than;" it's not equal. It boils down to semantics, i know, and we should say it's a good thing, but it isn't.
Less than isn't good.
Picture a playground of children, tossing around the ball, smoking Marlboro's, gambling, whatever it is that kids do these days, and they're talking.
Kid 1: My parents have been married ten years! Man they're old.
Kid 2: Mine have been together fifteen years.
Kid 1: Together?
Kid 2: Yeah. Together. They had a civil union fifteen years ago.
Kid1: So they don't have a real marriage like my mom and dad.
Kid 2: Yes they do. My two dads have been together for fifteen years.
Kid 1: But not married.
Kid 2: So?
Kid 1: It's not the same.
Kid 2: Yes it is.
Kid 1: No it isn't
Kid 2: Take that back.
Kid 1: No.
Yeah, that'll play out well.
It's less than. it's a partial baby step.
C'mon Washington, you can do better than that. Words matter. Telling me that I have all the same rights and privileges as everyone else, but that I cannot be married, I can only be civil unioned, is like saying I have all the rights and privileges of being an American, but I am not a citizen of this country.