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Why Marriage? (Why not Civil Unions?)

Jim Burroway

October 4th, 2012
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Marriage is on the ballot in four states this year. Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington will decide whether same-sex couples will be allowed to marry, while Minnesota voters will determine whether to write discrimination into their state’s constitution. The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Witherspoon Institute, and many, many other organizations are mobilizing their resources to push their anti-gay arguments.  Professor John Corvino is intimately familiar with those arguments, having just published a book with NOM’s co-founder Maggie Gallagher titled Debating Same-Sex Marriage, the only book ever endorsed both by Rick Santorum and Dan Savage. Corvino has also posted a valuable series of videos taking apart those arguements, one by one. You can see the entire series here.

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Ben in Oakland
October 4th, 2012 | LINK

Why should I accept something that no heterosexual would accept for themselves?

Doug
October 4th, 2012 | LINK

Why shouldn’t you accept something that is a big improvement over nothing? (Note: I favor same sex marriage, but civil unions are a BIG step in the right direction)

Kithpine
October 4th, 2012 | LINK

When I saw Doug up there ask “Why not accept a big improvement” this comic came to mind.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2732#comic

JFE
October 5th, 2012 | LINK

@Ben in Oakland Actually, some heterosexuals do enter domestic partnerships and civil unions because they don’t want the full blown marriage, although I think most would agree same-sex couples should marry.

More generally, I don’t understand why people don’t respond with the “civil unions” remark with, “What federal protections and benefits are there for civil unions?” You should hear crickets chirp after that question.

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