I apologize if this posts twice. I’m new to posting, here.
For over thirty years, I have been an advocate for “civil unions”, for a myriad of reasons.
First, I don’t believe it is the government’s job to define love or relationships, but I do believe it’s their job to offer equal opportunity. Ex: if a straight couple who are married can get a tax cut, so should a same-sex couple be able to.
Second, I believe the government “defining” marriage is a slap in the face to the first amendment, just on general principles.
Added to that fact is once the SCOTUS made “gay marriage” legal, it opened the doors for the government to force churches to marry same-sex couples or face huge lawsuits, essentially bankrupting them.
This last bit hasn’t come to bear, yet, but that’s only because a judge threw out such a case (I wish I could provide a link, but I can’t). Now, the “forum shopping” begins.
While nowhere near the same legal system (especially considering the CoE IS “part” of the government), a gay couple in the UK is suing the church for the right to be married in it: https://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/gay-couple-sues-church-that-won-t-host-same-sex-weddings.html
Given the Left’s love affair with all things European, if this couple is successful, it will create a full-court press, here (I believe) which could ruin one of the tenets of our country (1st amendment).
Third, I believe the government has no business having anything to do with “marriage”. I believe it should be a religious rite and nothing more.
So, I have (for a long time) been advocating for civil unions for ALL partnerships, as far as the government is concerned. Gay/straight/polygamous/whatever.
I think it would solve a lot of problems and protect the churches, at the same time.
Full disclosure: I am NOT a member of a church that refuses to marry same-sex couples. My interest here is as an American.