Two close friends of mine are a gay couple. I'll call them Dan and Steve. These aren`t their real names.
Dan is in his 70s. Steve is in his 60s. They both live primarily on Dan`s pension. They own their own home together, and have done since they became a couple, over 25 years ago.
They recently got a civil partnership, which in my country gives the same rights as marriage. They did this because one day, Dan will die.
Without the rights that civil partnership gives them, Steve will not have visiting rights to be with his dying partner in hospital. Steve will not be able to continue collecting Dan`s pension, and will end up without any income. Steve will not directly inherit ownership of their home, and will have to sell it in order to pay the inheritance tax.
They got "married" so that Steve will be safe in his home and life after Dan dies. And after being together for over 25 years, they have every right to want that.
Sunday, May 13, 2012 3:05:57 PM
Gay people can't be gay without marriage? Marriage is, hands down, the least successful social institution ever invented. Only an idiot needs a stupid ceremony to be faithful to a partner. Fighting to be married is like fighting for the privilege of eating only white rice every day. Morons.
Sunday, May 13, 2012 10:08:12 AM
@mcboozerilla: The game is lost far before you and the fundamentalist reach for your bibles. It's lost when you both agree there is a supernatural realm containing an all-powerful yet human-like intelligence who created the world and people, who psychically transmitted his will to certain people that wrote it down, who still sends psychic directives to people today, and who ceaselessly watches us and judges our fitness for eternal life based on our behavior and thoughts. Assumptions like these allow for so much wiggle room on the issues (2000 of years of theological debate has led not to consensus, but to a proliferation of disagreements and an estimated 38,000 Christian denominations) that a retreat by many Christians to the fundamentalist position and the "seductive simplicity of certainty" it offers is unavoidable.