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Gay rights activists are campaigning to have the words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ erased from the statute book as part of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage. Pressure group Stonewall yesterday released a draft bill, intended as a ‘model’ for the Marriage Bill due later this year, calling for spouses to be known as ‘parties to a marriage’ to avoid confusion for homosexual couples. The move provoked protests from critics, who say the aim of a new law would be to destroy the traditional understanding of marriage. Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘The proposal to wipe the terms husband and wife out of the law at the stroke of a pen underlines the far-reaching implications of redefining marriage.’
TheRealSteve TheRealSteve 31-35, M 2 Answers Feb 18, 2012

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The state's interest in marriage should be limited to the legal contract and the rights, privileges and responsibilities outlined in that contract. The gender, and the number, of the parties involved is irrelevant.<br />
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Leave the rest of it to the religions and other such organizations to outline for their own members alone what they will recognize as marriage.

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