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Posts Tagged ‘civil unions’

Discrimination and Civil Rights v. 2.0.08

Posted by gnn1 on Saturday, 8 November 2008

Well… votes are still being counted thanks to provisional and absentee ballots in California, but it looks as though prop 8 passed.  In addition to California, Arizona and Florida also voted to ban gay marriage, and Arkansas voted to ban same sex couples from adopting or fostering kids (because, yunno, there are so FEW kids in the system that we can afford to limit the number of homes like that…)

Gays are the 21st century answer to blacks, apparently, because just 40 or 50 years ago, interracial marriages were being banned like this (never by vote though).

When did legal discrimination become okay again?  WHY did it become okay again?!  Whether you believe gays were born ‘that way’ or choose it, love is LOVE.  Why does it matter WHO you love?

I have never been so disappointed and disgusted as I was reading the ballot measure results on CNN.

To all of you who voted to ban gay marriage, shame on you.  Civil unions do NOT (as you may mistakenly believe) provide the same benefits of marriage.

If a straight person gets married, in any state in the union, and moves to another state, the other state MUST recognise their marriage.  If a gay person has a civil union, it’s not valid in the new state.

Once you (straight person) get married, you are eligible for over ONE THOUSAND federal ‘benefits and protections’ (and several hundred more at the state level) including:

  1. Joint parental rights of children
  2. Joint adoption
  3. Status as “next-of-kin” for hospital visits and medical decisions
  4. Right to make a decision about the disposal of loved ones remains
  5. Immigration and residency for partners from other countries
  6. Crime victims recovery benefits
  7. Domestic violence protection orders
  8. Judicial protections and immunity
  9. Automatic inheritance in the absence of a will
  10. Public safety officers death benefits
  11. Spousal veterans benefits
  12. Social Security
  13. Medicare
  14. Joint filing of tax returns
  15. Wrongful death benefits for surviving partner and children
  16. Bereavement or sick leave to care for partner or children
  17. Child support
  18. Joint Insurance Plans
  19. Tax credits including: Child tax credit, Hope and lifetime learning credits
  20. Deferred Compensation for pension and IRAs
  21. Estate and gift tax benefits
  22. Welfare and public assistance
  23. Joint housing for elderly
  24. Credit protection
  25. Medical care for survivors and dependents of certain veterans

While SOME of these benefits can be set up privately, legally, through lawyers (at RIDICULOUS cost) or are offered through companies privately, most cannot/are not.

To those who believe homosexuality is a choice I ask you: were you born straight or did you chose?  Could you CHOOSE to be gay “if you wanted?”  Or does the thought disugust you (and not for so-called moral reasons).  If you cannot HONESTLY answer that you would CHOOSE to be gay, then you have refuted your OWN argument.

And finally, why would someone CHOOSE to be gay, knowing they will have an uphill battle, be discriminated against (even legally), harrassed, insulted, and possibly even assaulted or killed (think that doesn’t happen?  It does–Matthew Shepard wasn’t all THAT long ago, and we haven’t come THAT far in gays’ rights).

Civil Union v Gay Marriage
What are the Legal Benefits of Marriage?


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