Originally Posted by GingerFurball
Bible bashers will inevitably quote a passage from Leviticus which calls homosexuality an abomination.
The irony is that the same passage in Leviticus also specifically outlaws several other things which people do everyday, such as shaving and wearing clothes made from more than one material.
Or the ones about stoning your daughter. You can pick all sorts of things. AFAIK
, homosexuality isn't really covered in the New Testament.
Originally Posted by benchmark00
Well hang on, the relevant piece of legislation in Australia explicitly says a marriage is between a man and a woman.
I'm not trying to deny gay couples any rights at all, but that's the definition.
Well there was legislation against interracial marriage too. Doesn't make it right.
If it's the same, why give it a different name?
Obviously I'd take civil unions over nothing, which is what exists in many cases in the US, but it's not marriage and the push shouldn't be over unless it's called marriage. As BoyBrumby alluded, if an interracial couple had the same rights, but were labeled something different, there'd be an outcry. And people forget: they used to quote bible passages for their opposition to interracial marriage too. Then it became terribly not-PC to be against that, and it kind of went away.
Hopefully the same thing happens with gay marriage eventually. Obviously civil unions would be a nice start, if they existed in all the states in the US - it's great that other countries already have them.