The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts worked out the need for the word “marriage” instead of having civil unions.
Its reasoning was simple — there is no rational basis for calling marriage anything but marriage. Using another name for it would create unequal treatment for those in unions that are not called marriage, even if all the new law or laws could be crafted to make civil unions equal in every way to marriage.
Even if government could create civil unions equal to marriage under every law, there is no remaining rational basis to use a word or phrase to make a difference where there is no difference.
Bruce Hogman, Fort Lauderdale