So the governor now thinks that civil unions might be all right ("Utah governor says he’s open to civil unions but must defend same-sex ban," Tribune, Jan. 23).
Governor, that horse has left the barn. You should have tried that 10 or 15 years ago. Your ploy is reminiscent of "separate but equal." There is no way that gay folks are now going to settle for what amounts to second-class marriages. Civil unions won’t cut it unless — and this is what I have long favored as the solution — government gets out of the marriage business altogether.
Civil unions with the attending responsibilities and legal protections would be available to any two consenting adults. Marriage would be a religious ceremony which churches would be free to perform — or not perform — for whoever wants it.
Salt Lake City
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