My wife, who’s too busy to be a blogger, pointed out last night that she and I have a civil union.
So do the other three couples at dinner with us. None had been “married” in a church; two were united by civil officials and the other two celebrated in non-denominational services conducted in secular settings by rent-a-ministers. (Ours was ordained, but he was really a theater producer who ran a college ecumenical center.)
We think it’s time for people like us to start speaking up for recognition of civil unions. Not just on behalf of gays and lesbians, but for people living in committed, long-term unions that only fit the zealots’ definition of marriage because the participants are a man and a woman.
Then let those who want marriage as the Bible intended it have their holy matrimony — and forever hold their peace.