Abraham Lincoln wrote, "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." That means putting country ahead of party and conscience ahead of conformity. And that is why I am a FORMER Republican.
Since orthodox Christians cannot in conscience refer to a man "married" to another man as his "husband," or a woman "married" to another woman as her "wife," or the partners in either arrangement as "spouses," we need to come up with a terminology we can use.
It's a situation that's going to keep coming up, now that the Supreme Court has presumed to re-define a divine institution.