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  •  I am not a specialist on this, but I believe this (3+ / 0-)

    is one way California's civil unions are different from other states' civil unions.  I believe in California people in a civil union have all the rights and responsibilities of those in a marriage, with the exception of the word marriage and that federal situations (inheritance, taxes) aren't equal even for people in civil unions in California.  Here in Colorado, I believe there are state and local rights not available to those who will be able to have a civil union when that goes into effect; I don't know that they get every right other than the right to "marriage".

    This is one of the reasons why I see overturning DOMA as more important than prop H8.  People need to have no restrictions from the federal government on what they do if their state allows them to get married.  If they choose to move to another state, they should still be considered "married".

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