Logic dictates a couple is either opposite sex or same sex.<quoted text>
I base my opinion on logic.
Heterosexual couples are legally allowed to marry. They make whatever promises to one another in front of groups of people or only to one another. This is a "ceremony"; an act that in the eyes of the law means nothing.
Homosexual couples can do the same thing. We have "commitment ceremonies" or other public/private exchanges of promises. They also, legally, mean nothing.
Opposite sex couples have the "extra benefits and protections of legal marriage", because, at least in 32 plus U.S. state marriage is a legally defined union of husband and wife.Heterosexual couples have the extra benefits and protections of legal marriage. These benefits and protections allow them to do any number of things--take FMLA, receive spousal Medicare or Social Security benefits, obtain base housing in the military, inheritance protection; the list goes on.
If you want the benefits of the system, enter into it the same way.Gay couples pay into the same systems that straight couples pay into. They get the benefits, we do not.
Again it's opposite sex couples. An opposite sex gay couple can also enter into a "sham marriage".Even straight couples who enter into "sham marriages" are able to get these benefits.
Equal does not mean the same. Men and women are different.Every accepted scientific, medical, and legal collective,(ABA, AMA, APA, NASW, etc.) is in support of same-sex marriage. They all recognize that same-sex partnerships, at their foundation, are equal to opposite-sex partnerships.
If you want the EXACT SAME benefits and protections that legally married OPPOSITE SEX couples have, logic dictates you should enter into marriage the same way, by accepting a person of the OPPOSITE SEX as your respective legally recognized wife, or husband .There is NO REASON why same-sex couples should be denied the exact same benefits and protections that legally married heterosexual couples have.