I wonder why this topic hasn’t been posted yet.
Anyways, I hold the belief that gays and lesbians, being citizens of The United States just like straights, have the right to a state certified marriage which would allow them to visit their significant others in the hospital, will to eachother their personal belongings upon death, and allow their partners to be beneficiaries of life insurance policies. It’s hard for me not to sympathize with another human being wanting to make sure that they can see the one they love the most in this world when he/she is in the hospital or wanting their loved one to benefit from their life linsurance policy.
Now, I am NOT saying that religious institutions need recognize such a marriage, after all we do have a separation of church and state and freedom of religion in this country. I only say that gays and lesbians are people and citizens just like everyone else in the US and are therefore entitled to the same rights.