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What; even including for roommates? That seems like an interesting addition. P:
Why not? People marry lovelessly for the legal benefits sometimes anyway, or jump through a zillion legal hoops of wills and powers of attorney and living trusts and mumbo jumbo to get the rights that marriage would provide if they were able to marry. This would just be a system that's more sympathetic to that and streamlines the process. Like gsfanatic says, let the churches handle it however they want to. Don't force anyone to do anything against their religion or beliefs in their church. That would be just as wrong as the churches getting to decide who can legally marry which is almost the way it is now! But any two adults of sound mind to make legal decisions for themselves should be able to form a contract committing to share property, taxes, guardianship of children, inheritance rights, medical decisions, etc. until they sever said contract, without having to swear to love, honor, and cherish/obey till death do they part. Why should, for example, two elderly widows who wish to care for one another in their old age, live together, share legal claim to their joint home, visit each other in the hospital and make medical decisions for each other and allow one to inherit when the other one dies have to be in love to sign a contract that would grant them those rights without having to be all circumspect about it with all the power of attorneys and stuff. Let them form a partnership that gives them all those rights that a marriage would bring without shoehorning it into some romantic ideal. This way, gay marriage could be legalized without upsetting anyone's religious apple cart...oh who am I kidding, all the extremists will still balk, ok, at least not as many apple carts, and folks like those two nice old ladies could get the rights and privileges they want and need. And then those lovebirds could trot off to their minister with their legal contract and have their white dress and flowers and cake and call it a marriage.