Saturday, April 11, 2009

Terms hint at stances in gay marriage debate

By Dave Gram, Associated Press Writer

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Is it gay marriage or same-sex marriage? Genderless marriage or marriage equality?
In the ongoing push to let gays and lesbians marry, the choice of terms provides a good clue of where the speaker stands.
Assisted suicide vs. death with dignity. Estate tax vs. death tax. As with other hot-button social issues, the main course in the gay marriage debate comes with a side: a discussion of which words properly describe it.
"I think language is critical to any debate," says Vermont lobbyist Tim Meehan, who's not involved in the issue. "How you say it drives the train."

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