On changing names - about as OT as you can get

Otter Perry ottertee at earthlink.net
Sat Mar 15 09:06:32 EST 2003

johanna wrote:

> I guess what I don't understand is why the distinction is so important--I
> mean, if you say "partner" (holding aside the issue of business partners &
> such), people will know that you are committed to this person. Why does it
> matter if you are legally bound or not? What additional information does
> it add that you want conveyed? I could, perhaps, understand for census
> forms & such because maybe they just want statistical data. But beyond
> that, I'm not sure what benefits it would offer.

It might matter for religious reasons, if religious reasons were important
to you.

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