The Compromise Position
Andrew at http://boundbygravity.com has a worthwhile discussion underway on the same sex marriage issue. Essentially, he takes the view that the public is evenly split on this issue and that a compromise is both needed and sustainable. Heterosexuals would retain marriage as the term of their union while homosexuals would have civil unions.
I don't think this compromise would be acceptable to those advocating for gay marriage. It would thwart the underlying objective of asserting the right to marriage, which is to "mainstream" the gay community. Words matter to them as much as it does to those who advocate the traditional view.
He notes that he is being attacked on all sides for his view.