Feb 18, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
John43620 saidI usually don't compliment France but they do have the right idea on this subject and the United States should follow their model.
In France, all marriages are civil unions first and marriages second. You don't have to get married but you have to have a civil union, if you want the benefits of a committed couple recognized by the state and subject to it's protections. This effectively separates church and state.
This means that if we adopt it here in the US, all couples would be equal. Vive l'egalite (I don't have the right French accents on this key board) So civil unions could work.