The term civil union should replace the term marriage for legal purposes
Both terms, civil union (for gay couples)and marriage (for straight), should be used
The term marriage should be use equally for gay and straight couples
Gay couples should not be able to have the rights of marriage at all.
Brother's can't marry sisters, or first cusins, or parents...etc, etc, ad nausium.
A hetero can not marry another hetero of the same gender.
Your premis is conclusivly false.
The state has not interest in gay couples because those couples, typicly, will not be producing healthy little tax payers.
It's that simple.
Heteros do not have any such 'right to marry whomever they choose'.
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My mind and my heart are saying I'm in my twenties. My body is pointing at my mind and heart and laughing its ass off. ~ Kal'Stang
Each is under the same restriction that the other is.