America went through a civil war, what's civil about a war? What's civil about a union?
Many heterosexual couples live together without ever getting married, I did it 4 times? If I would had been legally married any of those times, it would had been a real financial mess to go through divorce.
The majority of marriages end in divorce, why is the gay community wanting to adopt the straight institution of marriage and civil unions with all it's flaws, laws and rules? Even traditional marriage has prenuptial agreements set up in case of divorce.
If it ain't broke, why fix it? I say to the Gay community, be happy living together and if you truly love your spouse go see an attorney and write up a living will of what you wish in the event of sickness or death.
If your truly in love, who cares about a piece of paper anyway?