Originally Posted by mcbear
That is a good question. Without a CIVIL UNION, and legal status under it, a couple does not have rights to insurance, wills, Social Security, all of the other benefits that current married couples have.
An example. I have two gay friends who have been together for 40 years. One is a noted Psychiatrist and her partner has stayed at home and raised their four adopted children. When the Psychiatrist was taken to the hospital from a bad car wreck, the doctors could not even talk to her partner about her condition because they were not "married". Only a call from me at 3am to the Director of the hospital at his home got the problem solved.
Think of all the things you can do as a married person with your jobs health insurance, benefits, 401K, life insurance, etc. Now, if something happened to you and your wife had to go to court for each and every instance that she had to address an issue that should have been obvious and normal, you would be kicking and screaming that those issues should be taken care of.
That is all they are asking. You call it "me too". But that is a real big Fn "ME TOO".
You can pull extreme examples out of your you-know-what
all day long, but if they really want a legal link w/ teeth, have an attorney draw up an agreement/contract that deals w/ your/their concerns, but DO NOT
ask me to sanction or pay for an illegal hook-up
. Good lord man, I can't believe your "I have a gay friend too
" crap. I probably have more gay friends than you, and they think this gay marriage crap is doing them more harm than good. If you really want to help your gay friends (both of them
), for heaven's sake put them in touch w/ a good lawyer.