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Semantics make great difference in marriage debate
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin
Yes, semantics make a great difference when you are dealing with this subject. Despite what everyone says, those who are in “civil unions” are not treated the same as those who are “married”.

I have no problem with churches only “marrying” those they wish, but I do have a problem with any disparity in treatment by governments and others. Until we can get everyone (including other sovereign nations) to treat these groups identically, then we will need to apply the word “married” to these unions or stop granting benefits that only “married” couples are presently granted, which would end any discrimination.
Franklin L. Newton
May 27, 2009