Why Gay Marriage? Why not just settle for Civil Unions which have the same benefits..only difference is name?

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  • Jay
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
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    The following are some of the 1100 benefits civil unions do NOT have that marriage does!!!!!

    Status as "next-of-kin" for hospital visits and medical decisions

    Right to make a decision about last rites

    Right to make a decision about the disposal of loved ones remains

    Immigration and residency for partners from other countries

    Automatic inheritance in the absence of a will

    Crime victims recovery benefits

    Domestic violence protection orders

    Judicial protections and immunity

    Public safety officers death benefits

    Spousal veterans benefits

    Social Security

    Joint parental rights of children

    Joint adoption

    Medicare

    Joint filing of tax returns

    Wrongful-death benefits for surviving partner and children

    Bereavement or sick leave to care for partner or children

    Child support

    Joint Insurance Plans

    Tax credits including: Child tax credit, Hope and lifetime learning credits

    Deferred Compensation for pension and IRAs

    Estate and gift tax benefits

    Welfare and public assistance

    Joint housing for elderly

    Credit protection

    Medical care for survivors and dependents of certain veterans.

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  • 8 years ago

    Come on now, your know that is not the case.

    If it was, why would people like you then care if the entitlements was equal, it is just a name, marriage or civil union. And if it is the case (the exact same) why cant a man and a women have a civil union?

    Or maybe why don't we turn the tables and no longer allow marriage, just allow civil unions unless if its a same sex couple, then allow them to marry.

    Ok lest consider this.

    I am a middle aged while male. I want to learn to drive. And upon completing all the tasks required I am issued with a drivers license. Now what if the law said a black person cant have a drives license but instead because they want to drive we will issue them a "right to drive certificate."

    So us white people get a drivers license and our black neighbour can have a right to drive certificate. It has all the same rights he will be told.

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  • reme_1
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    It's not the same.

    We would still be treated as second class citizens.

    In the begining civil unions were acceptable to us; the religious 'right' made it a large problem so we demanded the whole shebang: marriage.

    There are over 1100 laws that protect a married couple, none of which a gay couple can get without the piece of paper.

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  • abcdef
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    NOT the same thing at all. Marriage protects not only the individuals in the union, but any children as well. And YES, there are children in some of these marriages. At any rate, I got married and not in a so-called Christian ceremony. You so-called Christians who are so full of hate really have to be careful because you are sinning and you're going to end up in hell and you know there you're going to meet a whole lot of sodomites. and you know what happens to pretty little Christians when there are a lot of sodomites around. You will become the b*****es in perpetuity.

    Good luck.

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  • CJ, I dont need your nor your church's permission to be with the person I love. Most gay people feel the same as I do. We want equality, full stop!

    Civil Union =/= Marriage.

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  • 11UN
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    A civil union does not grant the same legal security and social recognition as marriage.

    (Campaigners advocate civil marriage. We do not want religious marriage.)

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  • Bast
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    If Civil Unions are so great let straight people take them, But obviously you realize they aren't since you're demanding we "settle" for them.

    BTW, the difference extends beyond the name.

    http://www.now.org/issues/marriage/marriage_unions...

    http://www.glad.org/uploads/docs/publications/cu-v...

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  • CJ
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    Because a "union" would not suffice to them. Their ultimate goal is to obtain sanction from the Christian church as a legitimate "marriage", and that will never happen as long as the Church maintains their obedience to the Bible.

    It's not about "marriage", "unions" or "benefits". It's not about "equality". It's about them getting their perverse lifestyle legitimized by the Christian church. It will not, and should not ever happen.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    totally agree we should just be happy with our civil rights. that's what im sayin.

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