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

By: Thursday June 27, 2013 12:07 am

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 [...]

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

By: Monday March 25, 2013 2:33 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 [...]

Colorado tax dollars at work: two Senators deliver fundie eruptions against civil union bill

By: Friday April 27, 2012 9:16 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. Witness Thursday’s Colorado state Senate floor debate on SB-2 a civil unions bill — the “Christian” perspective in opposition of a civil union [...]

Illinois begins issuing civil union licenses today to loving couples

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 2:53 pm

 Congratulations Illinois!  Today is the first day that civil union licenses are available in Illinois.  The Chicago Tribune has posted a few short videos to document the day. When I watch these videos, I see such a mix of emotions in the people involved.  I see clerks super happy to finally be able to treat [...]

Brazilian Supreme Court Approves Civil Unions

By: Friday May 6, 2011 12:32 am

Another Roman Catholic country just took a major step towards equality. Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday night that civil unions between same-sex couples must be allowed in this nation with more Roman Catholics than any other. In a 10-0 vote, with one abstention, the justices said gay couples deserve the same legal rights as heterosexual [...]

The Roman Catholic Church indulges in moral relativism on civil unions

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 4:40 pm

The opposition of the Roman Catholic Church’s hierarchy to marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people is legendary.  Not only does the Catholic Church lobby for anti-equality constitutional amendments and against marriage equality laws, it has been known to fundraise for those efforts and circulate referendum petitions during Holy Mass while the [...]

The Illinois Senate HAS PASSED the civil unions bill!

By: Wednesday December 1, 2010 2:10 pm

Update 2: The IL Senate passed the CU bill by a vote of 32-24-1. The bill now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature.  Reactions below the fold. Update: Equality Illinois is doing some live coverage of the debates on their Facebook page. On the heels of passage of the civil unions bill (“Illinois [...]

BREAKING: Illinois House just passed civil unions bill

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 7:34 pm

Update: Just as I posted this diary, the news came out that the IL House of Representatives has passed the civil unions law!  On the the Senate!  Gov. Patrick Quinn has promised to sign the bill into law. From Equality Illinois: We did it! The Illinois House of Representatives passed the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection [...]

Connecticut Civil Unions became Civil Marriages Today!

By: Friday October 1, 2010 10:45 pm

H/T Ron Here is a happy note to end the week on: Today, October 1st, 2010, all civil unions already entered into in Connecticut automatically become marriages.  The state stopped accepting CU applications on September 30th, so so from now on its the gold standard of marriage for all couples in Connecticut. This upgrade is [...]

Lambda Legal to New Jersey Supreme Court: Civil Unions fail to provide equality

By: Friday March 19, 2010 2:36 pm

“The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered equality for same-sex couples, and the legislature has failed to meet that crystal-clear obligation.” –Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director, Lambda Legal The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived!  After the defeat of New Jersey’s marriage equality bill in January, Lambda Legal and Garden State Equality announced [...]

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