It was brought to my attention in reading a union contract that two people living together, such as a gay or lesbian relationship, gets the same rights to a pension as a husband or wife. So be it, since so many of our country feels that way.
However, this is a very discriminating policy when we think of all the non-gay or non-lesbian couples living together, who for some reason don’t want to get married. The IRS won’t honor that as a tax deduction.
Some states used to call it a common-law marriage after so many years, and they were accepted as married for all legal reasons. That used to be seven years, but the gays and lesbians get rights immediately.
How the country has changed over the last two decades.