Im so lost now. What does marriage have to do with next of kin? Or who one is "closest to"?
What are the legal benefits of getting married? Being able to claim that person on your health insurance, being able to visit that person in the hospital and make medical decisions and so forth. In my opinion those rights should not be tied to marriage. As I pointed out there are many close relationships that you would not get married, but that person might still be the closest person to you.
In my opinion, marriage should not be tied to those legal rights. You should be able to choose who is next of kin and therefore able to get those benefits.
Doing it this way.. allows people to do what they want.. feel how they feel about the situation.. WITHOUT forcing someone to do something they disagree with, or saying they agree with something they don't... Everyone.. SINGLES included are given the same rights.
Doesn't mean marriage is right or wrong.. means one doesn't have to condone it... By making it a legal issue.. take the legality out of marriage.. takes the acceptance of the issue out of it. People could marry whom or what they want.. it would have no legal binding at all.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03