Why must same-sex unions be called 'marriages'?

May 16, 2012

For years there has been an increasing acceptance to so-called same-sex marriage (which should be called "civil unions"), and recent remarks by our national political leaders have added to it despite many states having voted otherwise. Isn't it about time to recognize that we are catching up with the pols and the politicians?

However, we need a definitive understanding about what we are dealing with. We need to recognize that same-sex commitments are not marriages but rather legal unions, separate and distinct from the marriage commitment between a man and a woman.

Let's get rid of the misnomer of calling a same-sex union a marriage.

Richard Allchin, Cockeysville

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