According to Random House Dictionary 2009 :
"the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc."According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Dictionary 2009:
"the legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife"Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary 1998:
"legal union of a man and woman for life, as husband and wife."Merriam-Websters Dictionary of Law 1996:
"the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a legal, consensual, and contractual relationship recognized and sanctioned by and dis solvable only by law.."So the word marriage clearly is defined by a union between a man and a woman.
According to the American Heritage Dictionary 2009:
The word civil union is defined as "a legal union of a same-sex couple, sanctioned by a civil authority."Civil union is defined in the Encyclopedia Britannica 2008 as:
"legal recognition of the committed, marriagelike partnership of two individuals....provides the couple with legal benefits that...are equivalent to those of marriage, such as rights of inheritance, hospital visitation, medical decision making....and employee benefits for partners and dependents."So this whole fight is about a word. A word for crying out loud.
Red and I spoke in some decent length about this subject on my post All Men Created Equal.
I am starting to understand less and less why the people fighting over this issue can't just be happy with a civil union. It provides the same rights as a marriage. It just isn't called marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman and Civil Union is (generally) between a couple of the same sex but they basically mean the same exact thing!
I can't believe I am saying this but quit your darn whining and be happy with what you have. This is NOT a separate but equal issue. The fight is all because of a WORD!!!
Let's just move on.