Well, it seems to me like you and Bill are the only two who don't understand.
Couples do not have rights. Individuals have rights.
He's not splitting hairs. He knows what you mean.
The terminology of rights has been corrupt for decades. We use the correct terminology and ask that you do the same.
The gay marriage issue is not an issue of rights.
It is an issue of privilege.
Married straight people have privileges conferred to them by the state.
They get a legal arrangement for inheritance and divorce.
They get hospital visitations. They get lower taxes.
None of this equates to a right.
And those are the only reason - the only reason - to get married by the state.
It's been stated multiple times here already - nobody's stopping them. Ok, there are like three cases.
If an individual state is stopping them from having a ceremony in a "church", eating cake, and going home to have sex with each other, only because they're the same sex, take it up with that individual state.
The whole thing is a colossal distraction.
You know what would be really fuckin' nice? If I could marry my mom. Why? Because then we won't have to go through a bunch of legal rigamarole and bullshit for me to inherit her stuff.
Why can't I use the legal short form with my mom? Why do we need to pay executors and will preparers?