Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=178040
Story Retrieval Date: 6/19/2013 2:58:57 AM CST
Jarret Wolfman started the “Ban Straight Marriage” page on Facebook.
“If the government isn't going to get out of the straight-marriage business, then they need to extend marriage to include gays, lesbians and transgenders, Wolfman said.
“You can't have laws that regulate something that can mean different things to different people,” he said. “The big argument that traditional marriage has always been between a man and a woman is ridiculous. Just because something is a tradition doesn't make it right.”
Wolfman said he does not know of any straight-couples who are seeking a civil union, but said a couple might want a civil union rather than traditional marriage to make a political statement.
Leila Flagg started the group “Civil Unions for Straight Couples.” She said she wants marital laws to be “homophilic, not homophobic."
Flagg said she believes marriage is a religious-based union, and said civil unions are secular, and may appeal to same-sex couples who are not a part of any organized religion.
“I am currently engaged to marry my fiance,” she said. “We are both atheists. We could pursue a domestic partnership, but there are better tax, insurance, and general social benefits of getting married.”