You are arguing for special rights for queers. You are fooling yourself in thinking there is a big difference between civil unions for homo’s and civil marriages for them.
You want conservative support for civil unions for queers? How about that same special right for polygamy, or allowing a state sponsored union for some perv and his goat?
The left is never satisfied. They’re always arguing for more depravity no matter how depraved it gets. If we assent to civil unions, they’ll come up with something else to drive us to the left.
I am arguing that in the legal and political arena, by fighting against civil unions so much, the opposition just went straight after marriage itself. I am arguing that if more conservatives had been willing to support separate and distinct civil unions, our long term abilities to keeping marriage separate and distinct were going to be greater. Now, the entire thing has collapsed into an all or nothing on marriage itself. That is a process that I think more conservative acceptance of civil unions would have blunted.