Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch said we can solve the equality issue by granting same-sex couples rights under a civil union, without allowing same-sex couples the right to marry.
In a radio interview with Cross Talk Radio, Hatch said there should be a civil union law between same-sex couples that gives them the same rights a marriage would, but believes that we can solve the problem without resorting to marriage.
“I do think it’s a state issue. I think the states ought to be able to determine what happens … This could be solved greatly by civil union laws that would give gay people the same rights as married people,” said Hatch.
“I think we could solve this problem without undermining the very basis of marital law in our country.”
Hatch doesn’t believe that sexuality is a choice, and said, “Who wants to be prejudice against people who I don’t think chose to be gay? I certainly don’t.”
However, he still doesn’t believe in marriage equality for same-sex couples.
“I don’t believe we should be prejudice against anybody, but I do believe that we ought to maintain the 6,000 year marriage laws that we have, actually, at least 2,000 years, the traditional marriage,” the Senator said.
“And if you start overturning things like that then, I got to tell you they’ll be every Tom, Dick and Harry in there with some crazy marital scheme demanding the same rights and the same privileges.”
Hatch, who is in his seventh term, believes that traditional marriage must be upheld.
“And if [the Supreme Court doesn’t]uphold it,” he said, “it opens a plethora of problems that the court will be forever trying to decide.”