"The best possible way to raise children is to have a mother and father in their life."
Complete nonsense. In fact, studies consistently show that the only detriment brought to children of same sex couples are the stresses associated with discrimination and bigotry from outside the family.
It's a travesty that these people are legislating morality based on their ridiculously primitive and honestly often theological understanding of "common sense".
Other things common sense once told us:
The earth is flat
The sun revolves around the earth
Black people are 3/5th human
Women aren't smart enough to vote
Slavery is a-ok
There's a CNN article they would do well to look at as it comes to the whole gay/Lesbian families thing.
The single most disturbing part of this whole business is that we KNOW this stuff ... and either they don't or they don't want to ... or they are being purposefully ignorant.
If their names differ (i.e., civil union and marriage), their rights will differ.
If their names don't differ, bigots with power will make their rights differ.