7 responses

  1. occono
    May 17, 2013

    I’d think Coloradans would rather have them than not, especially if it helps to smooth the path to repealing the Amendment. So I think they still have a future while the Amendments are active, but don’t ban civil unions.

    Of course SCOTUS could repeal DOMA and that could make them really unequal, but that’s to be discussed than.

  2. Markanthony
    May 17, 2013

    Given that for all practical purposes, civil unions is just the name people give civil marriage. I think it makes sense that millennials would drop the pretense.

  3. Mark
    May 17, 2013

    It’s also worth speculating how many of the conservatives who say they support civil unions actually favor no legal recognition at all, but just don’t want to appear to be bigots.

    It seems that the only time conservative politicians or political groups actually propose civil unions comes in instances like New Jersey or NH in 2011 or recently in MN, where civil unions are the only alternative to full marriage. I’m not aware of any state where gays and lesbians currently lack legal recognition and conservatives in that state have called for civil unions.

    And there’s also the example of NC in 2012, when a good chunk of conservative voters who claimed to support civil unions nonetheless voted for the constitutional amendment that banned civil unions (and marriage).

  4. Rob San Diego
    May 17, 2013

    I always thought it was funny that all them conservative states who argued that civil unions is what we should have so we wouldn’t have the word “marriage” never enacted such civil unions to keep us happy. Let’s face it, it they would just give us EVERY single right and responsibility that marriage has, then I would be happy.

  5. Ben in Oakland
    May 18, 2013

    As I’ve always said, civil unions are a recognition that we have a moral, civil, legal, cultural, familial, faith based and child based claim on the hetero sexual majority.

    As well as a clean unequivocal claim that there is no way in hell that certain members of that majority would ever consider any gay couple, no matter how noble and how long-lived their relationship, the civil, legal, moral, and cultural equals of any man and woman who met five minutes ago and are drunk enough to think that getting married is a good idea

  6. John
    May 21, 2013

    To: Markanthony,

    Civil unions is not just the name given to civil marriage. Civil union confer almost no legal benefits or protections. Give us something called civil unions and maybe we won’t keep going after equal marriage.

  7. Timothy Kincaid
    May 21, 2013


    Civil Unions confer all of the legal benefits and protections that a state can offer. As for Federal benefits, there are none.

    But even if there were full federal benefits, I would still pursue equality. I consider myself a full citizen of this country and would object to being made to stand in the “second class citizen with all the same rights” line.

Leave a Reply




Back to top
mobile desktop