Is a Same Sex Union a Marriage?

There has been a lot of discussion about the legalization of same sex marriages.  My objection is the use of the word "Marriage".  To me, marriage is a traditional term for the joining of 2 people usually of the opposite gender under a religious or spiritual banner.  It was and is a legal relationship also, where traditionally in the past  the male worked and the woman stayed at home and took care of the family, the raising of the children and the home.  That was an old fashioned and traditional definition of a “marriage” and I believe is how the term originally cam ...more