April 20, 2005
Civil unions become law in Connecticut
Connecticut's Republican Governor, Jodi Rell, has signed a civil unions bill that guarantees full marriage-like rights for gay couples, while defining "marriage" as between a man and a woman. I think that this link gives a summary of the bill as finally enacted into law, and that this link is the bill itself. It's always hard to be sure with legislative websites that you've got the most up-to-date version, so I apologize if I linked to an incorrect version.
As I've noted before, I think that this is tremendously important news, because Connecticut is the first state to have granted full marriage-like benefits to gay couples without a court telling it to. Some will complain that the bill writes discrimination into law by defining marriage as between a man and a woman. My own preference would be that the bill not contain that language. But really, given the choice of full marriage benefits under a different name voluntarily adopted by the legislature and signed by the Governor, or nothing, isn't the former the right choice? In this case, the people's elected representatives have spoken, and they have spoken loudly and well.
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As I sytated before, I want gays to have all the rights of straights in marriage, and I could not care less if it is called marriage or not. I do object to this being called a civil rights issue and comparing this to civil rights activities of the 60s. Comparing a person opposed to gay marriage to Ku Klux Klan, which is being done, is tasteless.
Your analysis is very reasonable David.
Posted by: The troll | Apr 21, 2005 9:22:53 AM
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