I’ve maintained pretty staunchly that many of the right that same-sex couples are seeking can be easily obtained via existing contract law. This includes rights such as inheritance, hospital visitation, and power of attorney. It wasn’t until recently, though, that I read a very thoughtful comment on the subject (on the Salt Lake Tribune’s comments board no less) that obtaining these rights often requires the services of a very expensive lawyer. A marriage license, on the other hand, is a scant $50, an amount that wouldn’t even cover exchanging pleasantries with your typical legalista. This isn’t to say that I am changing my mind one bit on who we extend marriage to, but this pricing differential must be addressed.