Originally Posted by benchmark00
The same argument applies, if they're the same in practicality, why does it matter if it's a different name?
Because it's still discrimination. I don't buy this "separate but equal" - even if legally it is exactly equal. Language is important, the words we use matter, and if you really didn't see any difference, you wouldn't call it something different and go through all the trouble of setting up a mirror legal terminology and system for the same thing.
Now, I've heard an argument that says the state should not be in the business of giving out marriage licences at all - they should all be civil unions and if your local church is willing to 'marry' you (straight or gay), then you yourself can call it whatever you want. Legally, it's just a civil union.