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First comes love, then comes marriage…

The Obama administration is on the verge of requiring employers to give gay and lesbian employees the same  family leave benefits that straight workers enjoy.

This morning, a local TV station reporting that news invited viewers to submit their thoughts via a website link. Predictably, one response was the extent that gay couples shouldn't get benefits that straight but unmarried couples don't get.

Why not?  I'm old-fashioned enough to believe couples who want to live and raise families together ought to get married. 

I'd like to see same-sex couples get the same opportunity to make that kind of commitment as straight couples have. Then we could extend benefits based on marital status, which is a choice, not sexual orientation, which isn't.

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