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  •  Civil Unions Seem A Good Step (none)
    I am in favor of civil unions. To me, the crucial role of government here is to ensure equal rights and equal protection. Gay couples should have the same legal rights (and responsibilities) as other couples. I just can't get that worked up either way over what it's called.

    I know a lot of people think it's discriminatory if you call it something else besides marriage. But I can't help thinking about all the other gender discrimination going on in this society. Where's the outrage on that? Would two gay women rather have a civil union with the full legal rights of a marriage and earn the same as their male colleagues, or have a "marriage" and be paid less than they should? When it comes to discrimination because of gender, my first priority would be getting an Equal Rights Amendment in the U.S. Constitution and enshrine equal protection for the majority of the American population.

    •  civil unions (none)
      I agree that civil unions would have been a good interim step, and a way to avoid most of this controversy while still working for the long-term reality of same-sex marriages.

      The thing is, the MA court case made civil unions a non-starter. Gay people now have the right to be married in a state, and the full faith and credit clause probably means that the right, once a federal case is brought, will be a national one.

      In other words, the genie is out of the bottle. There's no way to stuff it back in without a constitutional amendment in MA (and eventually nationwide), and that would make the long-term goal unobtainable.

      So we're forced to confront the issue of same-sex marriage directly. I'm for it, I'm proudly for it, and anything short of allowing same-sex couples to marry is perpetuating bigotry.

      That doesn't mean the Democratic party has to run with this as a major issue; it means only that the Democratic nominee must stand up for the principle of civil rights when asked and not support measures to make the situation worse.

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