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Old 2015-08-02, 04:17   #1537
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Originally Posted by only_human View Post
This is one way that domestic partnerships shortchange people by requiring less commitment. Both registration and dissolution are easier paths in many cases:
Domestic partnership in California

So domestic partnerships are easier to get into and out of than marriage. By not requiring the same commitment people do not receive the benefits of the same commitment.
Originally Posted by Zeta-Flux View Post

That is a good point, and something I have overlooked in the past.

But that is only one of the ways lesser commitments than marriage short-change people.

Any marriage, including secular marriages, requires a ceremony. Participants often invite friends and family to see them exchange vows, rings, wear specific clothes, record the event for posterity and seal the ceremony with a kiss.

Afterwards there may tears and laughter, dancing, gifts, music and food. Sometimes people renew the vows at a later date to reaffirm the commitment.

So any relationship that does not have these features does not gain as much respect and responsibility for themselves or in the eyes of society. They don't receive receive whatever stability this recognition adds to their relationship. Anyone else that depends on the stability of the relationship is also unnecessarily harmed if these features aren't available.

The harm extends to any elderly parent being cared for by the relationship participants or any proximate children regardless of provenance.

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