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We are family

Timothy Kincaid

September 15th, 2010

From the New York Times

A majority of Americans now say their definition of family includes same-sex couples with children, as well as married gay and lesbian couples.

At the same time, most Americans do not consider unmarried cohabiting couples, either heterosexual or same-sex, to be a family — unless they have children.

Yet more evidence that marriage equality is important. People really do so you differently when you are legally married.

If he was quoted correctly, David Blankenhorn, the lead witness for the defense of Proposition 8 in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, made a statement that could be interpreted to suggest that he’s finally made his way over to our side of the aisle.

David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values, a marriage research and advocacy group, said he was not surprised by the findings. “I like the standard definition of family: two or more persons related by blood, marriage or adoption,” Mr. Blankenhorn said. “Keeps it simple and coherent.”

But, he added: “We live in groups, and we need each other. So it’s always a good thing, isn’t it, when any of us truly loves and is loved by another.”

Yes it is, David.

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Richard W. Fitch
September 15th, 2010 | LINK

Just all the more reason to keep working for Marriage Equality. Probably for many people, the status of a civil union is a slightly embellished form of two people shacking up, regardless of same or mixed gender. When equality is achieved on the national level, only then will most people see ANY and ALL married couples as family, even if no children are present.

SteC
September 15th, 2010 | LINK

I like the standard definition of family: two or more persons related by blood, marriage or adoption.

But where does it leave those of us who have been shunned by our blood relatives and can’t marry?

Alone again, naturally.

Titus
September 15th, 2010 | LINK

♫ We are family
♫ Get up ev’rybody and sing!

Ben in Oakland
September 16th, 2010 | LINK

SteC– marriage is lovely, but you can still make yourself a family.

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