I wanted to get this idea in a diary now. This is an idea that is truly genius. Both Cheney and Bush have said that civil unions are acceptable to them. We just need to take them at their word and propose the " Bush/Cheney Civil Union Act of 2005". We have to get all the Dems on board, hit the airaways with everyone we have, talking about this, and pointing out that it's named specifically BECAUSE our president and vice president support civil unions.
We have to frame it as an equal rights issue. All Americans deserve equal rights, but as "marriage" is primarily a religous ceramony, we as Democrats feel "civil unions" provides the equal rights desevred without bringing up potential seperation of chruch and state issues.
This is a winner in every sense of the word, and I speak as a gay American.