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jpcrecom Donating Member (121 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-03-08 11:57 PM
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38. question about gay marriage
I got in a debate with some family members about gay marriage.

I know I'm new, so let me just say: I fully support equal rights for gays in every facet of the civil rights issues that they are facing (marriage, adoption, everything)

The rest of my family supported the ignorant (in my view) "traditional" definition of marriage, but that they supported "civil unions or domestic partnerships or whatever they call it".

So in their opinion, the debate is just about the semantics of the word "marriage". But I don't know if it's that simple.

I haven't been able to find a clear definition of what exactly is the difference between "marriage" and "civil union/domestic partnership". I mean the specific rights that marriage affords couples that gays don't get.

I assume these differences diverge from state to state, but at least federally, what are the differences. I think my family (and a lot of others) THINK that civil unions have all the same rights as marriage, but I don't think that's the case - I just can't prove it.

Can anyone spell it out, or since I figure it's a very long drawn out explanation, point me to a site that has a clear list of differences?

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