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Are you saying then to allow the civil unions and all the “benefits” that come with that, just leave the terms “marriage”, “husband”, “wife”, out of the equation?

I agree that the sanctity of the original definitions need to be protected, to keep them meaning a special communion between us and God.

But what then of parents? Won’t the role of parents also be modified if the union is just a state sanctioned action, won’t the state then have the right to dictate who and how parenting should be accomplished if the couples want the state benefits?

Not being argumentative, just taking the discussion to the next logical (in my head) step.