People connect. Mentally, physically, spiritually, politically, socially, and philosophically, we connect ourselves to other people. Marriage isn’t for everybody, but there are a lot of reasons that connecting yourself to someone legally can be as important as any of these other connections. A spouse can help you to live and die on your own terms, protect your interests in your absence, and ensure the uninterrupted well-being of your children. Being straight, I would enjoy a lot of these advantages even if I weren’t married, but the rights of my gay friends are not so well-defined. Denying people the right to marry is hypocritical and bigoted. This little number (see above) has been making the blogosphere rounds and I think that it illustrates my point quite well.