I've been going over the whole gay marriage issue in my head. Why is the government involved in marriage at all? I know you get marriage benefits under law, and gay people want them too. I also understand the whole "but it will sully the sanctity of marriage" crowd. Now I don't know many gay people, but they don't seem particularly religious to me. So why don't we abolish "marriage" in the eyes of the law all together, and replace it with something that's basically the exact same thing. Then have a clause in there that says something to the effect marriage (I'm thinking of a church wedding) implies this new thing. That way gays don't church "marry" but they get the exact same benefits.