In yesterday's Q&A, a straight woman had lived with her beau for four and one-half years. She wants to marry and he says they are the same as married. She asked what is the purpose of marriage.
"Ask a gay friend," Hax writes. She lists some of the financial, inheritance, and power of attorney differences. She tells the woman to challenge her beau. "
It was solid advice, but the cultural significance is a tiny indicator of how same-sex marriage and civil unions are creeping into life.