Gay Marriage

2008 November 3

Here's what I don't understand about the gay marriage debate:

1. Are there any salient legal differences between heterosexual civil marriage and a homosexual civil union other than the name?  Can two people in a civil union file their federal income tax as married?

2. In this modern day, why is the government even involved in (heterosexual) marriage in the first place?  Wouldn't it be possible to split marriage into:

A) The religious part, called "marriage", which is handled by your church (or not) as you please.

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