Saturday, November 28, 2009

Some activists still want to stress civil unions


The AP has a story by Lisa Leff, Nov. 28, 2009, reiterating that some people are still focusing on the practical benefits of civil unions rather than on the use of the word “marriage.” The link is here. One point is that gays concerned about employment discrimination or bullying or attacks have more “practical” concerns that theoretical equality.

Nevertheless, the point about federal benefits (and estate, as in the last posting) is well taken. And one point of “theoretical” equality is to prevent the rights of the unmarried and childless from being expropriated for others with “families.”

John Kerry had said "civil unions" back in 2004.

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