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Monday, December 06, 2004
Semantics and Gay Marriage
I've observed that there are a fair number of people who are comfortable with the substance of same-sex marriage, but not the name; hence the politician who supports civil unions but not same-sex marriage. On the other hand, "civil union" is a sterile term without history or warmth, while "marriage" implies the building of kinship.

From Respectful of Otters I found a link to a gay-based ministry in Britain that was once an ex-gay ministry, but later realized that God didn't want people to change their sexuality in order to know Him [sic]. Anyways, when speaking of gay relationships, they used the word "covenant", citing the relationships between Ruth and Naomi, Jonathan and David.

Hmm. Maybe there is a third way. And a bonus--we get to steal a word from the conservatives!

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