Of course, the gay marriage/partnership issue is of far greater import than some light hearted song lyrics. Still, this op/ed in the Star Tribune today outlines what in my mind is a reasonable compromise.
The radio news headline said, "In Connecticut, they can have their cake and eat it too." It was the story of the bill signed into law by Connecticut's Republican Gov. Jodi Rell that defined marriage between one man and one woman, and allowed same-sex couples to be joined in a civil union with the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts.
To me, that's a compromise we can live with.
We all realize that there are the 10 to 15 percent or so on the far right who will never agree to give dignity or basic rights to gay people and their families, and there are probably the same percentage from the GLBT community who are very upset that the union of a same-sex couple is not called "marriage."
But there are millions of Americans, the 70 to 80 percent in the middle, who would welcome the compromise -- realizing that it would grant same-sex couples the same civil rights as straight couples, while respecting the wishes of those who want to stick with the traditional definition of marriage as we have known it -- that is, between one man and one woman. Many of those in the middle would love to see us be done with the bickering and bashing and let all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, get on with the business of living and loving in peaceful coexistence.
Let's not call the whole thing off. "Let's fall in love," may be too tough for the warring factions of gay marriage proponents and anti-partnership advocates. But let's try to be accepting of our neighbors - even if they are different from us.