LETTER: Same-sex couples need a special category
REGARDING the front page and p4 article, plus the editorial on July 14 about same-sex marriage.
I notice that your staff used a dictionary to define the meaning of a family, but then failed to use the dictionary to define the meaning of marriage.
We know that a man and a woman cease to be single when they are joined together as husband and wife in marriage.
It is obvious that two people of the same sex can't claim to be a husband and wife because they are either both male or both female.
The solution is a special category.
One exists already, which is same-sex relationship.
Why is this category not suitable?
There are other people who have a similar problem.
A man and a woman living together but not legally married are known as a defacto relationship.
If people choose to live different lifestyles why are they not prepared to have a different name or title for their new way of living?
I'm in favour of retaining the word marriage exclusively for a husband and wife relationship.