M-Word: What does ‘Marriage’ mean? Does the word express our values?

    The California Supreme Court’s ruling that supports same-sex marriage puts the “M-word” back in the news and on the political agenda.
    So, let’s talk about the M-word: marriage — and what values you hold related to marriage. Opponents of the California court’s decision have collected more than a million signatures to overturn it. Voters in many states overwhelmingly support bans on same-sex marriage. In 2004, voters in my home state of Michigan supported (by a wide margin) an amendment to the state constitution that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
    The impact of this political issue extends far beyond the moral choices at the core of it. For example, same-sex marriage bans will be on the ballots in many states this November — and this issue will bring social conservatives to the ballot box, which is good news for John McCain.
    Emotions are high on all sides, but today focus your comments on what you think about the M-word at the core of the debate.

    What does the word “marriage” mean to you? Does the word itself have a unique meaning for you? Are you less concerned about living arrangements and commitments couples may make to each other — if the word “marriage” isn’t used?

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