Originally Posted by InsaneMystic
Agreed 100%. Awesome to see someone else seeing it that way, because for the most part I get flack from conservatives and liberals both when I propose that my ideal approach to a) marriage and b) equality in legal benefits for all kinds of 'ships is "rigorously unmix these two concepts, and keep them firmly separate forever onward".
Interesting. My thought has been that we should get the word "marriage" to mean all kinds of 'ships, and make them all legally equal - as well as have equal terminology. But as I think of it, the word "marriage" has such a baggage... of religious type, and of other traditions. Even though world history knows a lot of different marriage types, our modern western culture relies on monogamy and male dominance, historically. Maybe it really would be a good idea to give up the term marriage and let it have all this baggage, and take a totally new term in use for legally recognized 'ships of all types.