Director, Commonwealth Policy Center
State Senator Perry Clark (D-Louisville) recently told CN2 Pure Politics that gay marriage isn't the issue it was in 2004 when it was placed on the ballot. Clark, who is up for reelection this year, has migrated from his conservative roots and is supporting among other things, legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. He's also advocating  gay marriage and says people are softening on that issue. The voters will have the final word on Nov. 6.
In another political realm a world away, France is poised to ban the words "mother" and "father" from their official documents. This is part of a broader plan to give full marriage privileges to homosexual couples including full adoption rights. Only the word "parents" would be allowed to be used in marriage ceremonies. So does that mean that clergy could be arrested for using the terms husband and wife when marrying a heterosexual couple? What about children in heterosexual homes who refer to their parents as "mother" or "father"?

It sounds absurd. But what is even more troubling is any civilization that would condemn children to single-sex homes. Just as disturbing is a country that whitewashes important terms from its official vocabulary. Word to the wise: next time you go to France, be careful what you say. And whatever you do, don't mention the words "husband" or "wife."