States With Civil Unions Are Depriving Gay Couples of Federal Marriage Benefits

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 4:00 pm

With section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) invalidated, civil unions, once a cup half full, are now a cup half empty.

On Wednesday the U. S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the section of DOMA that defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman for federal legal purposes. This means that married same-sex couples may now access the more than 1,100 federal benefits and protections that DOMA previously denied them.


Roman Catholic Hierarchy Tacitly Admits That They’re Losing the Marriage Debate

By: Monday March 25, 2013 2:50 pm

Controversy has arisen over whether Pope Francis advocated for a civil unions law in Argentina in 2010 while he served as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The New York Times and CNN quote sources saying that he did, while a source quoted by Catholic News Agency refutes those claims.

If then-Archbishop Bergoglio didn’t advocate for civil unions, he should have, according to the Vatican document “Considerations Regarding Proposals to Give Legal Recognition to Unions Between Homosexual Persons“.

Claiming a Capitol in “The New Holy War”

By: Monday March 11, 2013 7:00 pm

As of today, I paint this Capitol Rainbow, and plant our fabulous and proud color stamp on it, for everyone and every day we were there during Amendment 2, during Matthew Shepard, during Amendment 43, all the days in between and to this day and every day forward on the march to full equality.

Civil Unions are not enough, but reversing the original Ground Zero for Equality is enough to plant this flag, and make this claim:

The days of covering bigotry in alleged holiness are over. This Capitol Is Ours TOO!

Colorado Tax Dollars at Work: Two Senators Deliver Fundie Eruptions Against Civil Union Bill

By: Friday April 27, 2012 6:55 am

Ah, the fearful fundamentalists are so unhinged by social change related to the legal recognition of same sex couples that we can find plentiful examples of them showing their @ss in public.

Marriage Equality: Two Not Emphasizing Rights Still Make a Wrong

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 4:00 pm

In our civil society, if something is legal for one, it just has to be legal for all. The bottom line is, everyone is equal under the law.

At least that’s how I see it.

Not so, it seems, for Lanae Erickson and Jon Cowan, two Third Way muckety-mucks who recently penned a piece for the Baltimore Sun in which they argued that if LGBT Americans want to see marriage equality become a reality, they need to make it less about equality and more about embracing what the authors see as traditional values.

Church vs State, Illinois Edition

By: Saturday December 4, 2010 9:45 am

In 2008, the Roman Catholic church was instrumental in two major battles against marriage equality — Maine’s Prop 1 and California’s Prop 8. Leading the fight nationally for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz. Last month, Kurtz was elected Vice President of the USCCB, after giving a powerful address on the USCCB ad-hoc committee’s work to defend marriage (a committee he chairs).

By elevating Kurtz to the #2 position at the USCCB, the bishops signaled their determination not simply to stand against marriage equality, but to work just as hard against anything that might lead to it as they work against anything that might possibly lead to thinking about considering something that might be akin to abortion.

This past week, two Roman Catholics in Illinois — Governor Pat Quinn and state House Speaker Michael Madigan — worked hard to get a civil unions bill passed the Illinois Legislature, much to the chagrin of the local bishop.

Welcome to the opening round of the 2012 culture wars, featuring the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Hawaii Governor Lingle Vetoes State Civil Unions Bill

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 7:00 am

Observers would be justified in thinking that Hawaiians have already decided the issue. Eight years ago, before Lingle was elected to her first term, she promised to sign a civil unions bill. She hemmed and hawed until the very last minute with this legislation, however, and ultimately went back on that promise. Her comment that the bill constituted “same sex marriage with a different name” is pretty much the point. Polling has shown the public more comfortable with the phrase civil unions than marriage, which connotes certain traditional tropes about family.

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