Majority of French people support gay marriage, all parts of Britain are legislating to introduce it here and in Denmark its already lawful. Given this is the single most important legal step for the LGBT movement in recent years, isn't it time to update our lingo?
There is nothing 'gay' about equality
The problem with terminologies is that they tend to not just represent how civic society sees a particular issue, but actually influences people too. In the language you use to describe an issue shall directly influence the prism through which others shall see the same said issue. And this isn't all that controversial a notion either; Orwell made great work of this (you'd think) simple point. Thus it continues to distress and depress me that the same sex marriage issue is being typecast as 'gay marriage'; whereas in truth it is far more important.
Equal marriage represents nothing short than a major moment as the whole of western society enters into a resolutely post-Christian progressive settlement. Polls for the first time in so many centuries show that the Christian faith is on the major slide, and now as a faith it is at loggerheads with the majority of public opinion. Furthermore, given that equal marriage is the ultimate expression of our commitment to the enlightenment ethical legacy; this issue is highlighting that Christianity with its Aristotelian ethics is anathema.
Whereas Christianity is focused on Aristotle and his argument that there is 'one' way to lead 'a good life' (and naturally, this is decided by the Churches themselves); the enlightenment argues for a freer vision. According to Rousseau, Mills, Paine, Hume et al the idea was that we'd all be free to lead our own interpretation of 'the good life'. The only caveat being the Millsian harm principle. This incidentally is where the 'liberal neutral state' comes from.
Thus what 'gay marriage' actually is doing is proving that we really are entering a post Christian society. One where the liberal neutral state replaces the tyranny of the churchmen. One where people like me; who are not heterosexual male don't feel totally repressed by intolerance. There really isn't anything 'gay' about what this single issue is doing. There is a reason the major Christian Churches are reacting hysterically to this idea. With census results showing less than 60% of Brits are even Christian anymore, and more than 25% are officially atheist - they realise their time has come. And the voices of my, younger, generation are shouting: 'enough of the prejudice', and 'enough with theism' being the enabler for hating.
Polling figures are certain
It is worth showing just how united Western Europe is becoming around this idea of equal marriage. A poll by Le Monde newspaper back in November, showed that 65% of French people supported equal marriage,. But interestingly this has led to a majority also supporting same sex adoption there too (52% of people supported the right of gay couples to adopt); a first in French recorded polling history.
In the UK the figures are even more stark, with 71% of Brits supporting equal marriage in the Pink News poll and 3 in 5 of Brits supporting it according to the Guardian
So lets all ignore Christian prejudice together; when they arrogantly and insultingly say 'its okay to be gay, just not practising'.