Maybe it's just me. I mean, really, maybe it is.
Okay, Follow the bouncing ball:
First we debated about whether GLBT people wanted marriage.
Then we got marriage.
Then we fought really hard to keep marriage.
Then the Oregon Family Council said that they didn’t care if we had Civil Unions, but that we couldn’t have marriage.
Then we lost marriage.
Then we debated about whether we wanted Civil Unions if we couldn’t have marriage.
Then we fought for Civil Unions.
Then the Oregon Family Council said that they didn’t really mean that thing about not caring if we had Civil Unions and offered the totally inadequate Reciprocal Benefits instead.
Then Civil Unions were blocked by the Republican Speaker of the House.
Then we found out that most people think it’s a good thing to give the GLBT community Civil Unions.
Then the Democrats took back the House.
Now we’re fighting for Civil Unions again.
And the Oregon Family Council is threatening to refer Civil Unions to the people.
So, the Democrats are going to change the name to Domestic Partnerships.
Wait – what?
This is where I wonder if it's just me. According to the Statesman Journal, the Democrats are reportedly planning to amend the Civil Unions bill and change the term to Domestic Partnerships in order to make the measure more palatable to voters if that measure winds up on the November 2008 ballot.
Domestic Partnerships are better because the term is more palatable to voters? In a setting where language is so terribly important, I understand wanting to use the term that will garner the most votes, but even if polling shows that Domestic Partnerships are more palatable, I'm having a hard time believing that a name change is the magic bullet that will make my existence as a lesbian more palatable. But, I guess nobody said that it would.