DEREK, it is somewhat a semantic argument. The gov ascribes certain rights to spouses or to those who are "married". I am suggesting that we take all that married stuff out of the law. If you want to get married because that provides some significance to you, go ahead, go to your church or wherever and get married. There could also be provision in the law to change your name, if you want.
I am saying that the gov would not recognize that "marriage" as being anything significant. The only thing the gov would recognize is a legal document that recognizes domestic partners. There could be standard agreements between people that codify what we now call marriage. But if it is not in writing, notarized and registered, it does not count.