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  •  I absolutely agree with you. (14+ / 0-)

    Another point that doesn't get raised much is travelling to other countries.

    As a wife, when my husband and I travelled, I had certain rights where he was concerned, for example if he had ended up in the hospital, or if he had died while we were in another country, that is not the case for same sex couples who have been joined in civil unions travelling in countries without civil unions. At last doesn't even address the fact that civil unions mean different things in every country that has them.

    Most importantly, separate is not equal. Just like Brown v Board of Education.

                 Standing with you,
                 for justice and equality,
                         Heather

    Torture is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it to whom.

    by Chacounne on Sun Jul 03, 2011 at 12:09:32 PM PDT

    •  International travel is still going to be an issue (3+ / 0-)

      Not long ago, a couple married in another country, probably Canada, described how US Customs insisted that that pass through the entry process as legal strangers. Disposing of DOMA would greatly help such a situation here in the US, but I presume that other nations do, and would in the future still would, continue to treat legally married gay couples from elsewhere as legal strangers unless there were some sort of treaty-based agreement to do otherwise.

      Consider that there are countries which specifically permit polygamy. While I suppose it's rather an exception for a husband in such a marriage to travel with more than one of his wives, it probably does happen from time to time. I don't know how those situations are dealt with, either in the US or anywhere else that doesn't provide for polygamy.
       

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