I don't mean in anyway to offend the gay comunity but I'm honestly asking out of my ignorance.
Why do you need to get married in the first place? If you both love eachother, isn't that enought? Why do you need a piece of paper to confess your love?
I suppose this can be apply to straight people too but for them isn't it more of a legal contract for childrens rights etc or religious custom?
Please forgive me if I sound ludicrous, take this opportunity to educate me where the American education system has failed to do do so!
Most Helpful Girl
I think a big part of it is the fact that a lot of people don't see marriage strictly as a legal contract. They see as a way to shout to the world that they love each other more than anything else. Plus for the obvious reasons. Let's say their partner were to become hospitalized then the "family only" rule is put into affect and this go typically for things like life support. The next of kin is usually given the power of attorney and if you are just together and not married then you're not kin. I know in the military if you're married you get extra benefits and would be allowed to live on base. For example my boyfriend's going into the air force. We could live off base together but we wouldn't be able to live on base together unless we were married. Also I feel like being approved for adoption would be much easier if you're married rather than with your life partner2
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Most Helpful Guy
Same legal rights my friend. What if someone dies? To the law they're just roommates. What if someone wanted to hold the hand of their partner as they died? Hospitals only accept family members into the room of the patient. What if one served in the military? What if one wanted the same legal rights? How would taxes be handled?
watch this documentary called Bridgegroom. See how much of a nightmare it was for a gay couple when tragedy struck. It might illuminate some of the issues they face without legal rights as a couple.1