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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-25-08 01:52 AM
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We need to change the terms of the debate.
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The issue should not be whether or not gay couples will be allowed to get married. In any real sense of the word, they already are married. What we are really talking about is whether or not gay couples should have the same legal protection of their marriages as hetero couples have. We have to stop feeding into the idea that the state can prevent people from getting married. If a committed gay couple is living together with the intention of being together for their lives, then as a point of fact they are married. Since they are married in fact, it is a small step to make the law reflect what is already an accomplished fact.

This may seem an insignificant point, but public perception is driven by choices of words.
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