The JUST legal standard for legally official cohabiting partnerships

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The standard for cohabiting people being considered legal partners, for
the purposes of insurance, hospital visitation, SS, and usual rights and
privileges should be an operational definition of LOVE (and NOT limited
just to married and gay people).  In short, shouldn't ANY true love relationship
secure the rights and privileges of marriage, under the law? Isn't this the
only just, broad view of these civil rights?

I had 2 aunts who lived together for life.  What if one had a good job
with insurance and the other did not? Should they not be considered legal
partners, with all the rights of married people (and all the rights proposed
for gay couples)? And, how about 2 men or 2 women who live together in
the same home in a committed (but non-sexual) relationship* for years?
Should they not be considered legal partners, with all the rights of married
people?

Perhaps the definition of legal partners should be people who have lived
together in a committed relationship for 3 years and intend to do so into
the indefinite future.  Wouldn't something like this be the only just legal
standard for legal partners having all the rights and privileges of married people??

[ * Footnote: Of course what I say with respect to 2 men or 2 women who live together
in the same home in a committed (but non-sexual) relationship would also apply to
2 men or 2 women in a committed relationship where there is sexual activity AND to
a man and a woman in a committed relationship but not married, regardless of whether
the relationship is sexual OR non-sexual (example: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn). The
objective standard (and we must be objective) is some number of years together (I
propose three) and their stated intent. Law will come down to definitions. Actually (and
this is a big "bonus"), dealing with fairness issues and definitions right away AVOIDS
religious-based CONTROVERSY, etc.  about same-sex relationships !  If love is the
standard, THEN LET LOVE BE THE STANDARD. ]