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I doubt my position on gay marriage will push the Romney VP question out the news door this weekend BUT I felt it is time to speak out.

Am I for gay marriage?  Well, no and yes.

I am for removing the word “marriage” from the state codes and replacing it with “civil union” and allowing same-sex unions to have equal rights with straight unions.  We followers of Christ can call unions between a man and a woman marriage; the gays can call their unions marriage, too!  But the code is neutral and should remain so.

This is not an original idea but is rather from law professor Jonathan Turley from Georgetown U Law School. Here’s the blog post and here’s a highlight:

The same approach should apply to marriages, leaving the moral validity of a marriage to religious organizations. For state purposes, couples would simply sign a civil union agreement that confirms their legal obligations to each other and any progeny. Whether they are married in religious ceremonies would be left entirely to them and their faith. The government’s interest and role would be confined to enforcing the civil contract, as it would any other civil agreement.

Consenting adults should be able to assume the obligations of a civil union regardless of how their neighbors view their morality. As in other areas, adults should be able to follow the dictates of their own faith so long as they do not endanger or harm others, particularly minors.

I care about the church; this would say – church can have its position and the gay activists can have theirs.  Live and let live.  Any takers now than I have come out on gay marriage?

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Jack Lee says:

    STOP drinking B.O.’s Kool-Aid, you’ve had way too much!

  2. Jack, thanks for commenting but how am I drinking the administration’s Kool-Aid? How am I wrong? If the law called it a civil union and allowed gay civil unions, than the church can call one man and one woman marriage and the pro-gay churches can call gay civil unions marriage. I do not want “gay rights” to be used to bring the church to persecution.

    Thanks for coming!


  3. Sarah says:

    So glad I found this information.

  4. Thanks, Sarah, for coming by and I hope I have helped you with this position.



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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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