In place of a one-size-fits-all legal model, a civil commitment pact would give rights to any two people who share a close bondGiven its patriarchal, heterosexist history, I’m no fan of wedlock. I won’t be celebrating Marriage Week, coordinated by marriage lobbyists the Marriage Foundation, which starts today. But I like the idea of commitment and of couples having reciprocal legal rights, obligations and protections. It’s just that the marriage legal framework seems so antiquated and out-of-touch with the diversity of modern relationships. People can have marriage if they want it. I’ll always defend their right to make that choice – but many of us aspire to something better.
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My civil commitment pact would let people select from a menu of rights and responsibilities