Originally Posted by Ravenesque
Where I would be concerned here is whether civil unions are being given as a method to separate privileges once again. Marriage affords these privileges and civil unions don't. Then equality has not been given.
Hence why I wouldn't be comfortable with such a change until it became widely understood that a "marriage" in front of a justice of the peace, for example, is just a civil union. It's what my parents had and they're none the worse for it! I'd love it if that were the default understanding: that it's the piece of paper that makes it a legally binding union, not the religious/cultural ceremony.
Either we're all married or we all have civil unions, pretty much.
That would, of course, require America to become much more of a secular nation, and given current circumstances, I doubt it'll happen in the next fifty years, but a girl can hope.
[edited because this code is still veeeeery new to me!]