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Support for Same-sex Marriage Crosses Party Lines

RickeyB Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:28 PM
Once we recognise the problem the solution should be simple. First, marriage is two different things simutaneously. It is a religeous sacrament AND a legal contract. Note that it can be either one or both but usually is both. Marriage was not a legal contract until circa 1756 when Britain passed a law to ensure that a wife got half of the union's assets when divorced. As a religeous sacrament it goes back thousands of years. The solution to the "marriage" problem is simple. Just remove all references to "marriage", "married", and their synonyms from all laws, regulations, and other documets produced by all levels of government and replace them with something like "DP", defined by law to mean Domestic Partnership. (more in reply to this)
In an opinion article in the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman announced that he has changed his mind and now supports same-sex marriage.

He wrote that on learning that one of his sons is gay he "wrestled with how to reconcile my Christian faith with my desire for Will to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness and fulfillment as his brother and sister."

He is not the only prominent Republican to come to this view in this way. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is another.

And at the Conservative Political Action Committee convention, a panel sponsored by the...