"One of the benefits of adding gays and lesbians to the institution of marriage is that we model different ways of coupling. We show straight couples that things can be done in a different, sometimes better, way--for example, dividing responsibilities between partners based on preference and ability instead of gender.
Sometimes, in all the clamor about rights and the ways in which the lack of marriage victimizes us, we forget that we also bring a different and welcome perspective, one that marriage may need in order to survive the contemporary age.
We are just as valuable to marriage as marriage is to us."
--Jennifer Vanasco, Chicago Free Press