Sneakers41 -I agree with you, but I think that making civil unions legal might offer the gay community some legal protections that they would not normally have in their relationships.
I think that reasons pertaining to rights of survivorship and probate would help a gay couple if they had a civil union.
Also, they would be the next of kin with respect to hospital stays and medical treatments.
While I do agree that a child is better off raised with a mother and a father, I also feel that many homosexual couples would make excellent parents as well.
There are many children in this world looking for a home and I don’t think that they would mind as long as it was a loving one. A civil union that was legal might make this opportunity more accessible to committed couples in the gay community.