Wraithkin: tend to agree indeed on the “marriage” vs “civil union” wording, leave one to the religionists, and make the other legally universal.
For all those “no separation of church and state” folks, it isn’t in the Amendments, it’s right their in the body of the document in Article Six. The First Amendment merely repeats that we shall NEVER be subjugated by religionists, but they can be free to play their game, if and when they leave others alone.
Many years ago on Art Linkletter’s show, a little kid summed up perfectly that “for religious freedom” b.s. about the pilgrims. The kid said: “The Pilgrims came to America so they could have religious freedom, and MAKE EVERYONE ELSE BELIEVE THE SAME WAY THEY DO!”
Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy