[quote="Leontes, post:19, topic:274789"]
How would you describe legally married people?
They clearly intend to be life partners.
We would hope so.
They are committed legally, and recognized by the State.
So are business partners.
Are they not "life partners", regardless of the Church's or your view on the morality of their relationship?
Only if they are husband and wife for marriages and only so long as the contracts last if they are business partners.
Can you see the difference?
Loving and caring for someone, is not gender specific
Oh, what a revelation. That must be why mothers love their sons and fathers love their daughters.
Can you see that?
Oh, we most certainly do.
If you can understand this, then why exercise bigotry with your language?
The use of more explicit adjectives to describe people in a relationship is not "bigotry". It is proper use of the English language. Obviously, someone who is unimaginative, or cognitively lazy, in their use of English will tend towards dumbing down the language by using broadly based descriptive phrases such as "life partner". That's what the communists in Soviet Russia did to try to make everyone equal. As we all know, some things can never be equal.
Forget about sex, and try to understand love. Love is not gender specific. This is not a debatable issue.
Whoever said love was gender specific? That stement's silliness is in its stating of the obvious.
Why are Catholics so obsessed with sex? This is the bigger question for this site. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, sex... that is the Catholic topic, it seems. MASTURBATION... oh go to hell. Gay sex... OH GO TO HELL. etc...
Why is secular society so obsessed with sex? It is thrown up into everybidy's faces on TV, in the movies, in magazines, and is fostered amongst the aspirations of teenagers by a rampant advertising culture. That's why teen pregnancies are an issue. Of course, we well know that the rampant sexuality of secular society is because of the trashing of all moral guidlines.
It is time to get some maturity on the topic, and free yourselves from talking dribble. Move on to more important topics than sex. It is not a big deal, in the real world.
The lack of maturity is not ours and neither is the 'dribble'.
If sex is not such a big deal in the "real world", why is abortion such a growing problem? Why is the transmission of STDs such a growing problem? Why is the growing number of single mothers such a problem?