Letter writer Jeff Tweedy encouraged readers to support same-sex marriage and SB 10. Per the Defense of Marriage Act signed by President Clinton in 1996, Section 3: "The word 'marriage' means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife."
Marriage is not a contract between two men, between two women, between one man and several women, or for any other combination of partners. If two men or two women want to enter into a union similar to marriage, I have no problem with that. I get it: "Gay and lesbian couples want to share a lifetime of commitment," as Tweedy stated. Except don't call this same-sex lifetime of commitment marriage. It isn't marriage, not by the DOMA definition, and certainly not by tradition.
A brand new English word is coined almost every day. If same-sex couples want a union similar in all respects to marriage, they should come up with another word for this same-sex union. It's not marriage; it's something else and needs its own name.