|"Homosexuals were on their strongest ground when they
argued that what happens between consenting adults is nobody else's business. Now they
want to make it everybody's business by requiring others to acquiesce in their unions,
both in law and in social practice. ... When they are simply 'consenting adults,' they can
consent on whatever terms they choose to work out between themselves. It is nobody else's
business and should not be the law's business.
"If (homosexuals) choose to
consider themselves married, that is wholly different from saying that a whole elaborate
body of laws, policies and traditions which evolved from the experiences of
innumerable generations of male and female union should automatically apply to
their very different circumstances. You can call yourself anything you want, including the
queen of Sheba, but that does not give you the right to force other people to call
you the queen of Sheba."
15 apr 2000