Insurance is now open to people who live together in most places. People who choose not to get married can create legal documents to cover all the things they want that married people get, so they are not being deprived of any rights.
I guess I don't understand why gay marriage is such a big deal that the only solution is to throw away the existing marriage. I'm not religious, my marriage is two things: 1, an agreement and commitment I made with my husband, to each other and to our families, and 2, a legal union acknowledged by the State. If we'd wanted a civil union I could have done that but we didn't; we wanted a MARRIAGE. I wanted to be a legal wife. I don't want the government out of marriage.
But I don't want the church or synagogue IN my marriage. I would never marry in a house of worship.
But again . . . if the government can't grant marriage, then who other than religion can?
And honestly, this part I don't understand:
Right now we have that. Everybody in that group is covered EXCEPT gay. The others who aren't included that you're speaking of are people who could get married but chose not to because it has no meaning for them (or has a negative meaning). But other than that, the easier thing is to give marriage to gay people, not take it away from everyone else on that list.Quote:
You could have whatever kind of wedding you wanted or didn't want, Gay, Straight, Co-habitat, Widowed, Divorced, or Whatever, and everyone got the same rights. There is this huge uproar over a small part of the population not included in marriage, when there are tons of others that are not included either.
I just think that some people (not you!) think they own the term marriage and get to define it. That group is shrinking as state by state gay marriage laws pass. They will soon discover how little impact it has on them or their beliefs.