I noticed the other day that a Michigan judge, up for confirmation on some federal court (sorry, I can't find the link) was getting challenged by a Midwest Republican Senator for having attended a gay civil union ceremony of some sort.
Oops. I have attended a gay civil ceremony between two acquaintances of mine. I can't remember hearing any roar from the foundations of civilization crumbling, though I am told that such will be the result of allowing some form of gay unions.
I just don't see the problem. Everyone says that gays marrying is a threat to marriage, but I can't see my marriage becoming any less strong because gay people are marrying. It would be one thing if the government was forcing such marriage rules on churches, but they are not -- we are talking civil ceremonies here. Besides, the whole "sanctity of marriage" ship sailed long ago with the advent of easy and frequent divorce. So, though I would greatly prefer such issues solved in the legislature where they belong, and not by judges, I just sort of shrug at the decision in New Jersey. Twenty years from now, this debate is going to seem so... so.... what the hell do we call this decade anyway? We have the nineties, the teens, and a big blank in the middle. How can we be nearly 70% through this thing (yes its 70%, not 60%, think about it) and no one has come up with a good name for it?