<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Civil Unions are not recognized by the federal government...<p><hr></blockquote><p>Well, that argument doesn't really help your case because same-sex marriages aren't recognised by the federal government either.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>there is a long-term understanding that separate is not equal.<p><hr></blockquote><p> No there's not - what do you mean 'equal?' When you board an aeroplane you want a pilot who's qualified by his status to fly you safely to your destination. You wouln't want a doctor in the cockpit any more than you would want a pilot in your surgery. You're getting confused between inequality and distinctions of status. Are doctors and pilots equal or not?<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Marriage is a unique legal status conferred by and recognized by governments all over the world.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Yeah, and I've already pointed to several reasons why all over the world it doesn't extend to same sex couples... for one thing a marriage to be valid has to be consummated which is not biologically possible with same sex arrangements - the world-wide argument doesn't assist your case because in most countries marriage is limited to heterosexuals.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> Every day we fill out forms... misrepresenting oneself on official documents can be considered fraud and can carry potential serious criminal penalties.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Forms can be re-designed to include civil union status but a person who does his best to accurately complete a badly drafted form does not commit fraud. Like any other offence there has to be a criminal intent.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>If you are married, you can get divorced<p><hr></blockquote><p>That's not a problem... what's needed there is something like a 'civil union separation order.' <br><br>No, I'm afraid that your case for same sex marriages is not coherent. To argue that all the nations, Britain included, that have sought to remove discrimination based on sexual orientation by legislating for civil unions, usually with the active participation of the gay community, are practising discrimination is an absurd position. But your argument happens to ignore the most important point of all - that same-sex marriage represents a needless affront to millions of married couples who for whatever reason would be upset by the change of meaning.<br><br>km<br><br>