Politics> In Don't Think of an Elephant, Lakoff has a discussion of conservative and liberal frames for thinking about same-sex marriage and notes the divide between pragmatic progressives, who see civil unions as a sufficient option for homosexuals, and idealistic progressives, who feel full marriage must be an option for everyone. But I'm confused. My opinion is neither (or both?) and I don't see how the others are justified in light of it from a liberal outlook. So I want to realize my blindness. Below is my thought on this. Does anyone know a good article for why this view isn't more widely taken?
- The ultimate solution to this problem is for all references to "marriage" to be removed from the law, and for the benefits currently conferred by it to be made available through a much more general system, which would have no reference to gender. Churches could have whatever internal definition of marriage they want, though.
- However, as long as the government is officially sanctioning marriage for heterosexuals, civil unions for others are grossly inadequate, socially.
As to whether same-sex civil unions in the meantime are "good policy", because they'll pave the way to the ultimate solution, or "bad policy", because they'll take pressure away from getting the ultimate solution, then, is just a matter of predictive sociology, assuming we can get to the end goal within our lifetimes.