Rhode Island’s Civil Union’s Law Is Certainly Separate, and Not Equal At All

Today, in the little state of Rhode Island, the state legislature passed a law to legalize Civil Unions. This comes less than a week after New York passed a law legalizing Gay Marriage. Needless to say, it has been a good week for gay rights advocates. People like me who want to have the rights that a marriage certificate provides are cheering this new legislation, as the map is quickly redrawn as to where homosexuals in love can live and not be considered second class citizens.
While I am happy that civil unions is now becoming law in Rhode Island, and while I have added it to the list of states I could, with enough twisting of my arm, reasonably consider raising my family – I must say, I am somewhat offended that Rhode Island passed this Civil Unions law, and didn’t go to the extra step and give full out marriage.
The difference is minimal. Those who get married have almost all the same rights and responsibilities as those who are joined together in holy union-ism, but this strikes me as an issue of fairness, and equality. And when it comes to gay rights, fairness and equality is what is at center of the game. Simply, there are two rather concern facts to consider when deciding if unions are in fact the same as marriage.
The United States once had a law that basically said, as long as blacks and whites get the same things there is no problem. It was called Separate but Equal. Arguably, a civil union and a marriage certificate are equal (though they aren’t, stay tuned for point two here, folks), affording tax rights, various health-care benefits and inheritance rights to homosexual couples who choose to unionize.
We know how the separate but equal law, when it came to blacks and whites turned out, do we not? Simply, separating the two, only costs the government more and is a lame compromise, at best.
And if they were separate but equal, it would be one thing. But they aren’t.
A marriage certificate provides over one thousand rights. Those include hospital visitation rights, emergency health decision making authority and rights for parents. This is why you need marriage instead of the lesser controversial civil unions. Anything less, is, well, repeating a stain in our American history, because we know separate but equal is anything but.


  1. I thought you're use of the word \”holy\” was interesting. Some folks have religious traditions that seem to interfere with the state's longstanding regulation of marriage. Those people are why we have a civil unions debate. They actually think that they own the word marriage- a tradition that predates all existing religions and had been modified on numerous occasions throughout history. It seems to me that the one thing we need to make clear is that religions do not own the word marriage. They may have joined some traditions to it but it is not the state's job to look after their religion. No law being proposed would force anyone not working at the courthouse to marry anyone. Churches can be bigoted all they want as loving couples get married in courthouses or those houses of worship not afraid of hot man on man action. I don't think of marriage as a holy union. I think of it as a legal standing issue. I can't ask for legislation on what's holy (it's a subjective question) but I can ask for legislation on what is legally equitable. The word is marriage and I fail to see why governments should ever bow to pressure from bigoted Jesus Freaks that wish to claim the word for their own. That would merely make the government an instrument of enforcing their social order. No thank you.

  2. Must first thank you for reading my blog — hope you enjoy it. I enjoyed your response for the simple fact that you said \”hot man on man action.\” That certainly caught my attention. In regards to church — simple the state and church need to be separate — period. Each of us have something that drives us to make this world in not a better place a more fair one for our children. Whether that be religion or what not doesn't change the fact that all of us are driven, hopefully to do good. When we come together as a group we shouldn't let anything stand in our way of ensuring a better tomorrow. Not religion, not social class, not gender expression, not sexual orientation, not race, nothing should stand in the way of making tomorrow a better place. Government should always be about doing something good, and often I wonder if we have lost our way. I hope not.

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