So basically you're just monday morning quarterbacking something which even you admit is never going to happen.<quoted text>
I'm not saying anyone should HAVE to do anything. I'm merely pointing out that if they could let go of the word, even for just a few years, it might make for a kinder transition to get what they want.
I agree that those opposed to it have other reasons than just the word. They don't want them to have the word OR the rights. The gays want them both. If they both back off on one, a compromise could be reached. Much less anger involved, but I guess that's who we've become, isn't it? Angry Americans who can't work together for any reason. "I'm right and never wrong -- you're always wrong."
Shame on us all. And shame on our leaders for encouraging the divisiveness.
While I appreciate your current support for equal rights, I have to ask again where we people like you 10 or 20 years ago when your voice of reason might have made a difference? Where were all those straight voices speaking our for civil unions?
To continue the sports metaphor- we've driven the ball all the way down the field and now have 1st & goal on the 9 yard line with 2 minutes still on the clock , but you think now we should settle for a field goal just because that would put us ahead but not necessarily win the game, just so the other team can have another chance at scoring.