|QUOTE (Otter @ Wednesday, Sep 4 2013, 23:17)|
|The government should, actually, drop ALL reference to the word marriage and just go with "civil union". We'd all be better off.|
Now this I can agree with entirely. It leaves no room for anyone to be reasonably offended based on their personal beliefs.
|but being picked on for something you didn't choose always leaves a mark|
Since when are people picked on for something that's chosen or can be easily changed? That would defeat the point of bullying.
Being bullied over something you can't change is not exclusive to homosexuals. Heterosexuals have been dealing with it since the beginning of civilization and most have turned out just fine.
| gay couples don't enjoy the same civil protections (on a national basis) as straight couples.|
this needs to change.
Then look to change that in a way that doesn't offend others in the same way that you're currently offended. Fight for equal benefits rather than changing a definition of a word. You'd be amazed by the number of people that would show more support if you went about this in a more respectful manner.