Okay, you're going to read the title and wonder "The hell so hard to understand?"
Well, to be honest, it just wasn't easy to phrase the whole question in the title. So... here it is! Long post below. I know, it sucks. If you plan on skimming the first tidbit and saying "TL;DR", I reccomend you don't.
I'm a gay male. 19 years old, to be 20 in a few months. When asked how long I've known I was gay, I respond with "I don't know. When did you know you were straight". I am not currently in any sort of long-term relationship. But, that's enough about me, I had a question regarding the "right" to marry.
The way I see it, I could care less if my partner and I could have the actual... I guess, "title" of marriage. Honestly, if the government was able to just see the two of us and give us the exact same rights as a married couple, what's the difference? I don't need a piece of paper that says "married" to know I'm with the person I love. I'd just like a piece of paper that says something along the lines of "Two dudes that get jiggy with it, live with each other, love each other, and plan on living with each other for the rest of their lives (who have the same rights as a married couple)"
If I'm not mistaken, (I know it's a logical fallacy to make such a large generalization) a vast majority of the anti-gay-marriage movement is fueled by religion. I think it's pretty hard to deny that marriage is, in itself, a religious institution. It just so happens to be that since we were founded on religion (Yeah, I don't like admitting it either, but stop fooling yourselves) the religious institution is also an equally important legal one.
I think we, as a society, have evolved to a point where we could easily separate "marriage" and a "partnership" as two completely separate, yet often intertwining institutions. I'm pretty sure this would solve the issues on BOTH sides. The religious folk wouldn't have to worry about their religious ceremony getting... well, "tainted", however they'd like to put it, and gays would have equal rights.
But, the most important question of all: Do other gays feel the same way as I do? Do you actually care about the "marriage" part, or do you just want to be recognized on the same level legally as a married couple?
Looking forward to hearing some good feedback! Keep it civil, people. Seriously.