In some states, civil unions are the
So when Governor Huntsman talks about supporting civil unions, he can't possibly mean that he supports something akin to marriage. I suspect that would be an impeachable offense to support a violation of the Utah Constitution...wouldn't it?same thing as domestic partnerships. In other states, civil unions are the same thing as marriage. In Utah neither domestic partnerships nor civil unions could possibly be the same thing as marriage, because of
1. Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman.So when Governor Huntsman talks about supporting civil unions, he can't possibly mean that he supports something akin to marriage. I suspect that would be an impeachable offense for a government official to support a violation of the Utah Constitution...wouldn't it?
2. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect.
In a recent interview, Governor Huntsman said he supported civil unions. According to the BYU Daily Universe:
Lisa Roskelley, spokeswoman for the governor, said he is in favor of state legislation that would extend additional rights to gays, adding that “he supports civil unions.”As they are wont to do, Utah conservatives became immediately sure that the Governor had reneged on a
Utah conservatives are positive that the Governor has reneged on a campaign promise to support the ban of gay marriage. He hasn't.campaign promise to support the ban of gay marriage. I don't see any big deal about what the governor said. I don't think he changed his mind.
As I wrote just a few days ago, I support rights for homosexuals--but that marriage is not a right.
Conservatives in Utah (and I'm sure other states) feel like
Utah Conservatives are afraid of a homosexual stealth campaign to destroy traditional marriage in Utah. They might be right. But why should that matter? Rights are rights.they have to have a wide buffer in front of the "marriage" battle line, because they're sure that advocacy of homosexual rights is merely a stealth campaign, the ultimate conquest of which is legalizing homosexual marriage. They might be right. But why should that matter? Rights are rights. The point is, homosexuals deserve to have rights with relationship to each other, but they will not generally make good parents. That's why I support civil unions (i.e. domestic partnerships) but not homosexual marriage. It's that simple.
We already have
We already have a buffer buttressing traditional marriage in Utah. The Marriage Amendment isn't going to be abolished anytime soon.a buffer buttressing traditional marriage in Utah. It's not very wide, but it--the Marriage Amendment--is extremely tall. In both methods for amending the Utah Constitution, two-thirds of both houses of the legislature have to vote in favor of the amendment, and then they pass it on to the Utah voters for a majority approval. That ain't gonna happen for a long time.
So I think that Utah Conservatives should relax just a bit. Give gays and lesbians the rights they deserve, and feel confident that their stealth campaign--if it exists at all--will fail.
They might just make a lot of new friends.