The New York Times reports this morning that in France, civil unions are replacing marriages — for straight couples. More evidence that Illinois made a big mistake in passing that form of a civil-union bill. If we are going to provide alternative partnership-benefit structures for couples who aren’t eligible for marriage — don’t extend them to couples who are.
If they want the benefits of marriage, they can marry.
If they aren’t as committed as marriage implies, they ought not to expect to be treated as married by the government.