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If I get what you are saying, is the government should strip the word "marriage" from all government involvement and wherever the government has previously referenced "marriage" (marriage licenses, tax purposes, spousal privilege
If I get what you are saying, is the government should strip the word "marriage" from all government involvement and wherever the government has previously referenced "marriage" (marriage licenses, tax purposes, spousal privilege in court, next of kin benefits and rights, all that stuff) now refer to that legal relationship as "civil union" whether it be between a hetero or homo couple? I guess that could work, except "marriage" as a word and idea has such a greater power to it than "civil union". I also don't see it as essentially a religious arrangement, but as essentially a social/cultural arrangement between consenting adults. Whatever the arrangement is called, it should be open to couples of all orientations, and legally recognized and supported by all the states' and the federal government.
I agree entirely. The word "marriage" has always disgusted me. In my mind, it is evocative of a boring, traditional lifestyle; 2.5 kids, an ugly house with a white picket fence, etc. Personally, I believe that the term "domestic partnership" is much more fitting, since marriage is supposed to be an equal partnership.
I also believe that the benefits of marriage that people get, such as tax breaks, are unfair to everyone else. It is as if the government is trying to make people marry each other, and to what end? What possible advantage could it have? People are people, and whether or not a person has found someone to marry should not have an impact on any aspect of a person's life.
Quite obviously, people do not need to be married to have children, and I think that people are beginning to accept this more than they had previously. I don't see how being married would change things.
And on that note: As much as I try, I can not get my boyfriend to understand why I will not marry him. It's frustrating, as I've tried to explain my reasoning several times. (We have no children and have no plans to - ever, have been together for nearly 4 years, and are quite happy the way we are.)