An excellent piece by Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas at the Huffington Post on marriage equality:
"I've heard it said before, many times, that if two men or two women
are allowed to join into a civil union together, why can't they be
happy with that and why is it so important that they call it marriage?
In essence, what's in a name?…A civil union has to do with death. It's essentially a document that
gives you lower taxes and the right to let your faux spouse collect
your insurance when you pass away. A marriage is about life. It's about
a commitment. And this argument is about allowing people to have the
right to make that commitment, even if it doesn't make sense to you.
Anything else falls under the category of 'separate but equal' and we
know how that works out."