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Take a moment to embark on a journey a quest of fear that may sever you from everything you know Dont panic Panicking wont save him anymore than it will help you You need to be detached from all emotion or you may miss your chance Here comes the doctor Dry your tears clear your mind and choose your words carefully They may be the last he will ever hear The doctor approaches but he does not focus on you He looks around the room asking to speak to the family of his invalid patient You assert your presence struggling to ignore the stinging sensation in your eyes To your dismay he dismisses you claiming you are not kin of the dying man You have no business here Go home and wait for his real family to give you permission to return You are stunned beyond words a deluge of tears are your only response You beg the doctor to let you in but your pleading is futile Hours come and go and at last his family arrives to help you But theyre too late He passed silently away without seeing you one last time You were denied the right to say goodbye to the person you loved more than anyone else your best friend and dearest companion with whom youve shared a lifetime simply because the two of you were of the same sex and unmarried Marriage is an institution that provides American couples with tangible rewards in addition to a formalized expression of love and commitment Under civil law marriage offers legal familial status medical property and post-death benefits as well as many others More importantly however it bestows upon them the ability to exercise the privilege that accompanies being an American citizen the privilege of uninhibited choice The issue of same-sex marriage is a topic that is both significant and contemporary in American society The limitations that are placed upon marriage adversely
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