To LoreZyra: You said '' I am strongly opposed to having the Government dictate how I should live my life ''.
No one tells you or has to tell you how you should live. That's not the point. Marriage is a choice, and yes it is demonstrated that it is the best way to educate children and give them stability. I don't want to say that someone born outside the marriage can't be a nice and stable person. Just that statistically it is the best way.
A government may tolerate lots of form of union, to guarantee the freedom of his citizens, but has to promote what is the best way, which is traditional marriage. I repeat, here it is not a question of moral, but of public policy.
The is a very nice study about that, published in Spanish: '' Familia y bienestar en sociedades democraticas, el debate cultural del siglo XXI'' from F. Pliego Carrasco, PhD in social sciences.
He shows clearly, using official statistics from different countries, including ''first word'' countries, that domestic violence, use of drugs,education results,... are far better for children coming from a stable traditional family.
Once again, there is a lot of exception, but public policy is about the common good, tolerating a lot but only promoting what is the best!