Originally Posted by Fotek2001
Furthermore, gay marriage means the legal right
to the financial, tax and social entitlement benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy by commiting to one other person and sticking with them. It's not just an gimmick, it's a hugely important issue to gay people and their families. Apple (and Google) are to be congratulated for looking out for the rights of their employees.
On the other hand, many if not all of these legal rights have already been extended to gay couples in California.
I see the real issue as the gay community wanting to take over the term "marriage" be domestic partner" or civil union just isn't good enough, even if it includes all the rights and privileges of "marriage."
Personally, I think that the government should get out of the marriage business altogether and reclassify everything as a civil union, thus leaving "marriage" as a purely religious institution/rite. That would be the ultimate separation of church and state over this issue.
I thought the point of government providing special rights and privileges to married couples was to provide some incentive for couples to stick together when when things in the relationship get difficult, for the benefit of hopefully
providing a more stable environment for any minor children. But since that seems to have become mostly irrelevant or disregarded in today's society, what is the point of the government continuing to provide privileges to maintain and protect the "marriage" institution. Nowadays so many heterosexual couples never marry, so many children are illegitimate or live in single parent homes due to divorce, what is the point of getting "married?" For a child today to have had a father and a mother married to each other from the time of his/her birth until he/she reaches adulthood, has become the exception instead of the rule.
I maintain the the institution of marriage as outlived it's usefulness as far as government sanction and protection goes. Because of that, I can't fathom why it is so important for the gay community to be able to call their civil unions "marriages."