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Shelda Warren, Published December 31 2010

Civil ceremony a good solution

There will undoubtedly be more controversy over gay marriages, which Vice President Joe Biden believes are “inevitable.” Perhaps there is a simple solution.

In some countries, couples have a choice of having a religious or civil ceremony. If this choice were available in America, same-sex couples could be joined in a civil but not religious ceremony. This would grant same-sex couples the protection and legal rights that married couples now have while avoiding the religious concerns.

Such a distinction would also be helpful for older couples who wish to become united through a religious but not a civil ceremony. This would grant older couples a religious union while avoiding the legal problems that a civil union raises for end-of-life issues and blended estates.

Perhaps it is time to consider a true separation of church and state.