Edit: To be clear: as I have always stated in this forum, I am not against gay's marrying. I was contemplating the gay-marriage situation and was trying to reason through the idea that we all deserve equal treatment under the law, why then would we exclude gay couples. I also reasoned further about other types of unions like polygamy, why is it any of our business what people do in their homes? Then I realized that the real problem is not that the law excludes gays or polygamists, but that it includes marriage! Marriage is a religious notion isn't it? When did man ever start marrying in the first place? Probably right after the first church was built, so why is it in our laws so much. Then I found this article http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1885190,00.html Looks like it isn't such a novel idea after all? So why do we need marriage in our government, in our tax code, and in our courts? If we get rid of marriage in the government don't we get rid of all marriage issues from the political landscape. Marriage wouldn't really end btw, it would still exist, but only at your church or some other institution that blesses you as "married"