Firecat wrote: "Whether in a civil or some other form of commitment ceremony" would you marry or enter into some formalized legal life-sharing contract with your partner and why?
Is such commitment a purely heterosexual construct and irrelevant to the gay experience?"
Yes, to protect him legally, to protect me legally, to have the full imprimateur of the law and State behind our decisions.
No, it is not.
There are two sides to marriage: The Legal Rights and the Emotional/Social aspects of relationship and commitment.
1 - Legally: (Sorry OW - I don't know where this list originally came from)
In just my state of residence, VT, some of those rights include:
Laws relating to title, tenure, descent and distribution, in testate succession, waiver of will, survivorship, or other incidents of the acquisition, ownership, or transfer (during life or at death) of real or personal property, including eligibility to hold property as tenants by the entirety.
Causes of action related to or dependent upon spousal status, including an action for wrongful death, emotional distress, loss of consortium, dramshop