Started in the Not Happy forum: OK, so ignoring any moral arguments, hopefully, you seem to be saying that one religion, or one group of religions owns the title, "married". If a gay couple commits to a civil union, and they then get married in their Humanist Church, officiated by a designated minister in the church, you don't want them to call that marriage? Isn't that discriminating against their religion? I assume you have no objection to a Hindu marriage. Why would you discriminate against a Humanist marriage? I think common law marriages are more complex than that but it would depend on the wording and the relationship. Obviously it wouldn't apply to roommates. But if a law was intended to allow two individuals to settle any property disputes should a combined household need to be separated then gender shouldn't matter.