posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 04:16 PM
Sounds like semantics (above)...
The original examples are right on the money.
My wife's mother was in a gay relationship (obviously after my wife was born/raised) for over 20 years until she died.
At the end, she was hospitalized, and nearly everything had to go through my wife (as her daughter), even though her partner of over 20 years had
power of attorney.
In our case, it was cool, as we were more than happy to go with her wishes on everything, but imagine if my wife instead wanted to wield that power
and shut her out?
In addition, after her death, had there been a legal marriage, the "spouse" would have still received certain benefits, etc., instead of them
There are some very practical points for allowing gay marriage, and yes, it is seeking equality, for the "right" of marrying a sex they aren't
attracted to, is not really equality.