A lot of people wonder why activists push for full marriage equality, rather than settling for the same thing but called something else (civil unions or domestic partnerships). GLAD has a handy, easy-to-read chart that compares marriage and civil unions, and, of course, brainiac Evan Wolfson sums it up perfectly:
The right way to end discrimination in marriage is to, well, end discrimination in marriage. Not create something new, different, lesser, or other. Not to take our nation, again, down the path of separate and unequal treatment for some. Not to say to some couples and their kids, "You come in the front," while telling others to go around back. Couples seeking the freedom to marry deserve a clear and simple answer: marriage — same rules, same responsibilities, same respect.
Also, be sure to check out Mombian's take on marriage vs. civil unions. I think I stole my Day 7 post idea from her, and she's sure to do it better than I.
Thanks to the people who also posted for Freedom to Marry Week (Bitch Ph.D., Mombian, Nylonthread, Phil Free, WarriorMom, Wrekehavoc). I hope our kids grow up not getting what the big deal was.