One of the biggest problems with the gay "marriage" issue is that there are some who want to force religious groups to allow the ceremonies to take place in their holy buildings. And, currently, the people supporting gay marriage have the point since many of the clergy are also recognized as being able to legally perform the services, hence a mixing of Church and State. If the changed the laws so that it was a Civil Union License instead of a marriage license, then free's the religions from being obligated to allow same sex unions to occur in their facilities because they wouldn't be performing state function. They would be performing a religious one. The only thing that changes for people who are heterosexual couples who chose to take their vows in a religious venue is that they would have a JP in attendance to perform the civil functions. I think its a more than fair solution to the situation. The sanctity of the religious facilities are protected and the people seeking same sex civil unions get their recognition.