Study: Why marry?
A newly released study of same-sex couples who have married in the 13-months since gay weddings became legal in Massachusetts is providing insight into the reasons for tying the knot.
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#1 Oct 17, 2008
Granted, this has never been an option for me - and still is not, in the state where I live - nor is it really a practical option for me as a federal employee, since virtually all my benefits are controlled by either federal legislation or executive order.
Nevertheless, as the last paragraph says, just having the option changes things. Had this been available to me, as a gay man, when I was young, it would have changed a lot of things in my life. I want young people to have that option. I further suspect that, if this is something available to all, that some of the behaviors that the right wingnuts are always pointing at will probably lessen somewhat. Without any kind of prospect of any kind of legal recognition of a relationship, what would you expect a young gay person to do? The same thing that all of us did 30 years ago. Come out and go wild. There weren't other options.
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