The more I think about it, the more I think that’s what’s at the root of all the furor—the idea that same-sexers can forge kinship. After all, if people really didn’t think we were capable of committing to caring for those we love, they wouldn’t be churning out what Jonathan Rauch calls “Anything But Marriage” laws faster than you can say “Britney Spears and Jason who?,” because such laws do allow us to make that commitment, albeit in a second-class way. No, it’s got to be something about the word “marriage.”
Because I’ll tell you, if the United States government passed a civil-unions law tomorrow and enforced it vigorously, if civilly united same-sex couples really did have every legal right married opposite-sex couples had, it would still be unjust. And here’s why:
Joel and Mike
Sitting in a tree
First comes love
Then comes civil union
Then comes baby in a baby carriage.