Have you been confronted by friends, family, colleagues or others seeking your position on the so-called marriage equality, or same-sex marriage issue? This article offers excellent talking points and responses to those queries, and gives you confidence when addressing the issue in general.

After studying this controversy for several months, researching the various ramifications of so-called ‘gay marriage’, reading countless books, and speaking with several experts on the topic, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s an idea whose time has come. I’ve learned a number of fascinating peripheral issues surrounding the main topic, such as the number of rights involved, who the opposition is (not who you might think), and why this issue seems to be taking on a life of its own in the marketplace.

I’ve also seen how civil marriage equality, or CME as I refer to it, has the potential to redefine traditional marriage in a good way, by focusing an intense light on the institution of marriage, and just why it is we humans are so cussedly attached to it.

Definition: What is CME?

You may find that when you mention civil marriage equality, CME, people won’t know what you mean. Whereas, if you say ‘gay marriage’, or ‘same-sex marriage’ they immediately grasp the issue and its meaning. Often, at least if they’re wary, or lack understanding of the issue, people will mentally shut down, or change the topic altogether. When those of us who understand and promote the issue use the term civil marriage, we’re not evading the issue out of a sense of unease, or a lack of conviction. Quite the contrary, we use the term advisedly, because it’s what we mean. It’s equality in the availability of access to civil marriage. Why the exacting description? There’s a good reason to be very specific when defining the terms of this debate. Here’s why.

Civil marriage is just that: a contract between a civil entity, in this case the state in which one resides, and two people who have met, fallen in love, and committed their lives to each other. Civil marriage equality recognizes the unique relationship we enjoy in this nation between religious congregations of all types, sizes and definitions, (there are over 200 of them in America, by the way), and the various governmental bodies that tend to the civil affairs of our society, departments such as taxation, property issues, elective office, driving privileges, schools and what have you. And, yes, civil marriage.

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