One of the guests tonight was Anderson Cooper, who is umm... gay. Normally that would be irrelevant, but whenever we now talk marriage it isn't an institution to discover the links of our ancestors.
Documentation means something, not for us, but for our descendants. It is common that those of African-American decent to have their paper trail run dry in the 1870s. Cooper who's ancestor owned slaves (and was killed in a slave revolt) was sick to his stomach that slaves were nameless in documents.... When anyone uses sperm/egg donation, sealed adoption, or other means to hide kin from a person for your own personal want... well we need to reconsider the practice. No matter who you are, race or sexual orientation, we have an natural interest in our identity. Even African Americans of slave decent can trace to what ethnic tribe in Africa with DNA, but it's more then DNA it's the stories.
OK.... Related, because shouldn't we document gay relationships?
As long as it it is not on a false premise, such as a person having two two moms or two dads. Eve Tushnet points out.
"Yesterday we blessed pets for Pete’s sake, so why not the people you love? You’ll bless a cat who loves me “like a glutton loves his lunch,” but no blessing for friends or chosen family? But here I’m more interested in hearing your ideas. Where have you seen extrafamilial sacrificial love honored publicly? Where and how would you like to see it honored?"
Added: When I speak of gay relationships, it is not approval or endorsement of sexual behavior, rather the relationship itself. Really hard people to understand that at times.