Judicial protections and evidentiary immunity;
Domestic violence protection orders;
Bereavement or sick leave to care for a partner or child;
Inheritance automatically in the absence of a will;
Immigration and residency for partners from other countries;
Joint insurance policies for home, auto and health;
Dissolution and divorce protections such as community property and child support;
Joint foster care, custody, and visitation (including non-biological parents);
Status as next-of-kin for hospital visits and medical decisions where one partner is too ill to be competent;
The list goes on and on.
As long as MARRIAGE is the term used. 1/3 of the United States population will be used to conform and repress who they are. I suggest that we replace MARRIAGE, only for those who chose to, with the term Partnership or Life Union. I like Life Union. In a Life Union, any and I mean any two people who love each other enough to make the commitment, can have all the perks of "normal, God-fearing, human beings". For those who are traditionally religious people, the term and ceremony hasn't changed for them. People who opt for a Life Union, we would also have the right to create our own ceremony and vows and celebrations of our love and commitment. I don't want to tear down anything that's sacred. I just wanna include everyone that can love; to love, and be proud of who and what they are at the same time. The benefits of a lifetime with the person you love shouldn't be conditional. It should be optional. I'm sure that this plan has loopholes and probably gets under a lot of you guys skin, but like I always say, this is just my opinion, and who the hell am I?