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Should Georgia sanction same-sex marriages?

Blake and Michael: It's not just for the commitment or tax advantages or property rights, but even more compelling things like dealing with a partner who is ill or being able to have the same respect in a hospital emergency situation that a legal spouse would. There are crises that inevitably hit every family where legal recognition and legal rights become a matter of human rights. We're optimistic that it will happen. But in Georgia, it will happen only after most of the rest of the United States and civilized world has done so. Georgia has traditionally brought up the rear in civil and human rights.

Brian and Steve: I [Steve] don't think so. I was in a straight marriage for a number of years. A legal piece of paper causes trouble down the long run. A majority of the gay population, since we move fast, the percentages of couples that last to couples that don't is much higher with couples that don't. I've lived on both sides of the fence and as a divorced straight man, if I got married again, I might be the one who says you can't take this or that. If there could be other laws, other than a marriage certificate, that would allow benefits, the situation would be a lot easier.

Kyle and Grant: In Amsterdam, same-sex marriage is legal. It makes a big difference. Inheritance and legal ownership becomes a lot easier. And, for example, I [Grant] have friends in the airline industry that get benefits as spouses for traveling where they wouldn't otherwise. Georgia is very conservative and that's one of the reasons I don't live here anymore. Living in Amsterdam, it's so normal to be gay. It's so normal that it's not special anymore. In 10 years, there will be a number of states that will sanction gay marriages, but Georgia won't be one of them.