Separate-but-equal is not equal.<quoted text>
If gay people aren't asking for extra rights then why haven't they put as much effort into passing civil union laws? If the only issues were truly about hospital visits, estates, etc. all of those could have been satisfied 20+ years ago simply by ammending the civil union laws.
Civil union laws could have been made equal to state marriage laws decades ago. Obviously it goes beyond legal equality.
Marriage existed before the greek religion/mythology.<quoted text>Oh, and "religious sacrament" doesn't equal Christianity. People were married and blessed by Hera before Christ, but it was still a religious ceremony.