Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –
There are some who are calling for the end of marriage in California. Let the churches decide who can marry, they say, and have the state call all registered partnership commitments “Civil Unions.”
I think this is a dumb idea. While it addresses the short-term problem Proposition 8 introduced – a class of citizens who cannot get married and group of churches that cannot perform the act their faith demands – getting rid of “marriage” would recklessly surrender the word “marriage” to the church.
If we are going to give the word to the churches, we should at least get something for it. A billion dollars would go a long way towards balancing the budget.