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Sweet Rose Ramblings (AKA The Call-Waiting Blog)

A place for my unformed thoughts. Help me sort them out!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Semantics

I just read this article which discusses the new law that is in effect in New Jersey that gives gay couples all benefits of a married couple except for one - the privilege of calling their relationships a marriage. Despite the fact that one couple in the article marked their "civil union" with a ceremony presided over by a reverend, for reasons cited as religious, this couple cannot legally say that they are married.

It seems kinda silly to me. Granting all the rights and privileges of a married couple, but not calling it that? Honestly, what's the difference? Two people, committed enough to want to share a dwelling and health insurance, basically makes a marriage. No matter what name you give it, you're just playing with semantics. It is what it is.

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