This is interesting. I voted for a Domestic Partnership bill here in Colorado a few years ago. I liked the bill not because it provided any status to gays but because it covered non-sexual arrangements. Under the bill, two siblings or a parent and a child or two elderly (or not elderly) friends who lived together and had a common financial interest could receive the legal benefits of marriage. The initiative failed.AM Alert: Quitting the marriage biz -- gay, straight or otherwise
One of the topics of discussion at last week's Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8 was whether the government should be in the marriage business.
Well, on Tuesday two people filed an initiative to get the state of California out of the business altogether.
The initiative, filed by Kaelan Housewright and Ali Shams, replaces the term "marriage" with "domestic partnership" throughout California statutes, while preserving the rights of marriage.
Shams and Housewright are students, 22 and 21 respectively, the AP reported.
The next step would be to gather roughly 700,000 valid signatures to place the measure on the ballot -- a tall task.
But hey, they have a Facebook group...
I was inclined toward this for a few reasons even though I am a social conservative on a lot of issues. Marriage to me really is a religious state-of-life. The issues I associate with traditional marriage can only be enforced by conscience, not by law. Other living arrangements may have an impact on the State and so the State may have a say in their conduct. Extending this benefit to non-sexual partners sucks all the oxygen out of the homosexual argument at the same time it relieves the State from micromanaging the daily conduct of adults.
Atheists, gays, roommates, shack-ups, and caretakers would all be on a level playing field. I would hope that religious institutions would then withdraw their services and facilities from non-members when it came to any kind of ceremonial recognition of various life stages. This would save a lot of litigation and it would get non-members out of religious business.