If I got the rights, I wouldn't give a crud what it was CALLED...<quoted text>
Was it just a tax break and a NAME that you sought when you got married? If that's all it was, you could have married just about anyone, without regard for love or feelings.
What if the blue-eyed people voted to call their partnerships "marriage," but voted to call the brown-eyed peoples' marriages "Brown-eyed partnerships." Would that be fair.
YOU are the one hung up on the word "marriage." Marriage is two unrelated people who have chosen to be legally recognized as life partners. Period.
I got married because I wanted to have legitimate children raised the most stable way...
so I ask you, if EVERYONE got a civil partnership equally, would you agree to that and let only the religious ceremonies use the name marriage?
as to YOUR definition of marriage:
why TWO? Why not 5?
why unrelated?(is it procreational concerns?)
why LIFE partners? it doesn't say commitment on any license...
AND many marriages are not life partners, so what makes you think that is relevant?