The following is my perspective alone. I did not copy it from anyone or from any web site. It is my own creation but feel free to share it. Why does government give special rights and privileges to married people that they don’t give to single people? It is because married people supposedly benefit society. Yet, don’t couples benefit society. Some people argue that children provide a benefit to society. Assuming that such is the case, why does it matter whether or not the parents are formally recognized as married? Can’t they simply be a couple that perhaps lives together? Does a special piece of paper (a marriage license / certificate) really mean anything? Conservatives say that it does make a difference. Why are girlfriends so eager to get married to their boyfriends after they have been together as a couple for so long? Why not continue to live together (in sin according to some people) and not bother with getting married. Could it be that there is a notion of commitment in having a government-recognized marriage? Bingo! The very same thing may be given as an argument for gay marriage. Some argue that gay couples to not offer any benefit to society. I beg to differ. They provide for a loving home and a place for rising children. What children?!? It would be a place for rising children that were abandoned and surrendered by heterosexuals who failed to stay committed to each other and to the family that they seemed to be creating. Just as government approved marriages for heterosexual couples influence commitment and dedication (ask those impatient women holding on to their boyfriends) government approved marriage for gay couples may influence commitment and dedication. In both cases, it may reduce the likelihood of promiscuity and the spread of STD. It is just something to think about.