More language games: Gay rights activists are seeking to change the words with which we think about this issue by eliminating “gay” and “same-sex” from the discourse. From the Washington Post:
For gay rights advocates, the campaign so far largely centers on an effort to remove the terms “gay” and “same sex” from a debate that ultimately could be resolved by Congress, the courts or voters.
Instead of having their supporters talk about same-sex marriage, advocates want the phrase “marriage equality” to be used.
And don’t expect to see organizations that are easily tied to the gay rights movement featured prominently in the debate. Newly formed groups with names such as D.C. for Marriage and the Campaign for All D.C. Families will be the public face of the proponents.
“You don’t want to turn people off before they hear what you are talking about,” said Peter Rosenstein, a gay rights advocate. “We want to make it clear this is an equality issue. This is a civil rights issue. This is a family issue.”