I have been tagged as a homophobe due to a Thread in which I mentioned that the best man at my wedding was gay. I suppose this was viewed as equivalent to a bigoted racist claiming to have a black friend. I have also been tagged as advocating or engaging in incest due to mentioning that parent/child & sibling bonds are as strong as the bonds between heterosexual or gay pairs. Gee: Is loving a parent or sibling incestuous in the absence of engaging in sex with either relative? Note that laws recognizing gay marriage provide a lot of financial advantages. Two obvious examples are joint income tax returns & benefits associated with employment such as health care. For circa 30 years, I supported my late mother who was a widow. For circa 15 years, I supported my late adult son who had various problems. I could claim them as dependents, but there were no other benefits available to me. When marital benefits established long before there were gay marriages were extended to include gay couples, it would seem fair to also extend such benefits to situations like mine. It would have helped me a lot if I could have obtained marital-like benefits for either my son or my mother when I supported them, but had no wife.