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Sweden and some jurisdictions have resolved this issue to a certain extent. Children receive rights and recognition based on biological parentage and not on parents status. After all a child is innocent, why should they be denied anything because society does not accept their parents relationship.
Blue-Ice ji is right. LGBT people are fighting not for marriage "rights" but for marriage "equality". They are fighting against a societal notion that only certain relationships deserve rights and recognition. Yes part of it is because they want the legal protection and rights for their loved ones when something happens.
But "legal" contracts and protections that surround marriage is nothing in comparison to real love and commitment. We see LGBT couples that have been together for fifty, sixty years. They did not have the right to marry, law, society and the entire environment was against them – yet they made a commitment and stuck to it.
If LGBT couples make people uncomfortable, think of interracial couples. Until the civil rights movement interracial marriage was illegal in the United States. Despite that white people in love with blacks and vice versa. Men risked losing their jobs and livelihood, the risk of being beaten up, women risked being ostracized from their families, the risk of being raped for breaking race barriers and still made commitments.
When you cannot even get married and society is trying to break you, but you still make that commitment to someone you love and stick to it through good times and bad, that is something way more meaningful and fulfilling than two people who are obliged to each other by a legal contract.
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