Civil Unions Not Equal to Marriage

June 10, 2007 at 5:18 pm 6 comments

A New York Times op ed points out that civil unions are a “separate and inherently inferior institution that continues to deny gay couples the equality they seek and deserve.” Anyone who is being truly honest knows this to be true. In Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire state legislatures have passed civil unions laws claiming that they offer same-sex couples the equivalent of marriage. If they belive this to be true, why create a wholly separate institution? It makes no sense.

Gay Americans are as American as our heterosexual countrymen. We are required to abide by the same laws and pay the same taxes, yet we are denied the legal and economic benefits of marriage that many heterosexuals take for granted. That’s just un-American.

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  • 1. fitnessfortheoccasion  |  June 10, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Separate but equal surfaces again.

    I just wonder how anyone can make the anti-marriage argument, claim to be pro separation of church and state, and keep a straight face.

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  • 2. Tim  |  June 11, 2007 at 8:52 am

    I have yet to read an objection to marriage equality that is logically and practically correct. Each and every objection is a smoke screen for bigotry and even more offensive is that those who bring these lame objections to the table, don’t have the intestinal fortitude to admit it. The Neo-Con government in Canada attempted this bs “compromise” here as well, but most people saw through the crap and we finally corrected an injustice that had been allowed to fester far too long. Civil Unions may seem like a milestone on the surface, but they are an insulting slap in the face and one that maintains that “we’re better than you” mentality that the majority of the hetero population in the US is hanging onto. It is also a subversive tactic to leave the issue up to the States since at the Federal level and across the country, there is such as disparaging difference in rights, no other citizen is subjected to this humiliation, it is shameful.

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  • 3. bloggernista  |  June 11, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Tim, there has been no logical reason to deny marriage rights to same-sex couples because there is no logical reason for doing so. You are right that what passes for reasons to continue marriage discrimination is really bigotry and prejudice. Its unfair and un-American.

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  • 4. Christopher  |  June 12, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Precisely, bloggernista.

    The second hets say “I do,” 1,300 Federal rights convey to them. I imagine even they have no idea of the sweetheart deal they just entered into.

    When politicians say “I’m against gay marriage, but in favor of civil unions,” the subtext of what they’re saying is, “I think your relationship has less value than mine.”

    Jim and I have spent upwards of $4,000 on lawyers fees over the years to even approximate in our 15 year marriage what hets take for granted and we still have no rights to one another’s Social Security should one of us die.

    It’s a sham. It’s discriminatory. And, it’s homophobic.

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  • 5. bloggernista  |  June 12, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    There is no reason that you and your partner should have had to spend that money to get legal protections. A marriage license costs something like $50 and comes with so much more. Its a simple matter of justice.

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  • 6. fitnessfortheoccasion  |  June 12, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Chris,

    I hadn’t even thought of it that way. That fact should be spread! I wonder if there is any research done on this, or any news articles on the costs of achieving partial rights for homosexual couples. I think this is a very effective way to present one of the effects of homophobia, and how clearly separate is not equal.

    It is, as bloggernista said, a matter of justice. But it is also a matter of economics, apparently.

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