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Creideiki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-04-08 06:29 AM
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39. A couple easy issues:
1) Portability. Two states have same-sex marriage, a couple others provide domestic partnerships, a couple others provide civil unions. If you move from a state that registers domestic partnerships to a state that recognizes civil unions, you're back to legal stranger status. Without uniformity among all 50 states (and the several territories, protectorates, whatever), you're going to have to go through periods where you're back to unrelated status. As the Langbehn-Pond fiasco in Florida recently showed us, even a few hours could mean trouble. And what if you're just driving through? (I still do road trips from Colorado to Illinois that go through 2 other states on a fairly regular basis.)

2) Separate but Equal. I would be okay with mandated civil unions in each state except for the fact that it means that for the rest of time, we'll be fighting battles where expanded benefits are offered to "married" couples, but because the statutes don't include the term "civil union" will not apply to us. The easiest way to finish that argument is to finally declare that marriage (the "civil" portion, with societal and governmental benefits and responsibilities) can happen between same-sex couples.

3) Church and State. There are religious organizations that will marry same-sex couples, but if they marry a straight couple, there are civil rights that go along with it. (Note that a religious institution has never been required to marry any opposite-sex couple that they did not want to marry, whether it be because of religious affiliation, lack of pre-marital counseling, or religious disapproval.)

4) Corporate recognition. There were cases in New Jersey where corporations have skirted the requirements to offer benefits to same-sex partners because of moves in jurisdictions or because they recognize "marriages" and not "civil unions". This relates back to 1).

There are more, but these 4 came at me quite easily.
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