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Marriage: A Relationship Unlike Any Other

peaceman Wrote: Feb 13, 2013 8:07 PM
And given that, Fred and Ted or Mary and Jane have the right to the same privileges that John and Kathy receive when obtaining a marriage license. Or else it's not a 'free society' is it?? So, actually, end of discussion...thank you

NOTE: This is the fifth column in a series of columns related to National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, 2013. The fourth column is available here.

Many of us will recall the song from Sesame Street that begins, “One of these things is not like the other.” The song conveyed to viewers that not everything, or every relationship, is the same; we have different capabilities and purposes.

The government routinely sings this song as it recognizes and seeks to support certain relationships based on their uniqueness, their distinctive purpose, or their benefit to society.

One such relationship that is unlike...