Elton John, who’s been in a civil partnership with another man since 2005, had some words about why Prop 8 passed:
“What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage.”
“I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership,” John says. “The word ‘marriage,’ I think, puts a lot of people off.
“You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.” [from USA Today]
So, then if gay couples who enter a civil partnership aren’t married, how do we refer to them? Civil partnered?
Is this really a ridiculous, semantical debate about the ownership of the word “marriage”? Since when has bigotry been so petty?
What John’s quotes don’t reflect is the sentiment among the anti-gay marriage crowd is that being gay in itself is either immoral, unnatural, a choice, a disease, or a combination of all four. Perhaps John is totally aware of this, but is willing to settle for a “seperate but equal” legal definition over what is technically the same thing?