British Columbia, Canada
I am not usually active in these discussions but read them each and every one. However, I know a lot of gay couples that finally got married in Vancouver this year, and I attended a few of the ceremonies when laws changed here, and made that possible. The couples (2 females, and 4 same sex males) had been together 10 years, 16 years, and 21 years. What getting married did for them I can't tell you entirely from their point of view, but I do know that they are allowed to finally be covered by their spouse's medical benefits, get their retirement pension, or survivor death pension, and feel like thier life together has been validated in the way "they" wanted it to be. Don't you think that after all that time together they are entitled to the security they are due?
People don't wake up planning to be gay, nor practice to become one, they are born that way. I see nothing wrong with Mr. and Mr. or Mrs. and Mrs., and some of the best parents I know are same sex couples. Just like any minority they are subject to discrimation by those not bothering to even trying to understand them, or those that fear change of something not fitting into their pariticular norm. Since the law has changed here in Canada, we have had many American gay couples coming up here to get married, and had both opposition and support naturally. The one thing I noticed were a lot of tears of happiness being shed, and in my opinion if someone felt happy today, then how can it be such a bad thing? We have to change with the times, and if we don't, this fear only gets transferred onto the next generation, which is a very sad thing. They are people just like anyone else, and deserve to be respected as such, but then that's just one person's opinion.