By Dori Hartley for YourTango.com.
Women crave affection and soulful friendships, not necessarily sex.
And while wife and wife, and husband and husband are valid, those terms are based in a heterosexual world and may not have the same appeal to a gay couple. Or, maybe they do.
I used to think “partner” was inadequate, sort of a passing phase word that could be used simply because there was really no other way to describe one’s mate, married or not. “Partner” seemed like a cold word, suggesting business, and “partnership” felt downright office-y, like, “Hey, I made partner at my law firm.”
But now it seems the very best word ever.