Civil union

Before becoming pope, Francis supported extending legal protections to gay couples in Argentina. Those comments are now putting the Vatican in a bind.
Though doctrine hasn't changed, queer U.S. Catholics say the pope's endorsement could be crucial in countries where same-sex relationships aren't recognized.
The ruling is being deemed a LGBTQ rights landmark in Hong Kong.
If a new bill passes, the country would become the first in formerly communist Europe to embrace marriage equality.
For some, the Church is the final bastion in the culture war to preserve the notion held by some of "traditional family." For others, marriage is merely a civil contract, in which organized religion should have no part.
By refusing marriage to same-sex couples, social conservatives are undermining traditional marriage more than lesbian brides and gay grooms ever could.
For a long time I had no interest in and was opposed to getting married. I believed that we didn't need the state to validate our relationship. I already knew its value and our commitment to each other. And then a funny thing happened: I lost my job and needed health insurance.
We're unequivocally in favor of marriage equality. But this lower "level" of commitment has been worth something in its own right to us -- not just for the health benefits, but for the ways it helped us see exactly what we wanted from our relationship.
If our legal system is founded upon the concept of freedom, equality, and protection, with the only deviations being for the reason of legitimate public purpose, what is the public purpose of banning same-sex marriages? Outside of individual opinion, I see none.
Perhaps that will change, but maybe I'm onto something here--the same thing that has proven successful by many, many same
The gay rights community is divided on the issue, however. Many say that following the law when it comes to taxes is the
How would you like to be proposed to and enter in a civil union? How often do you see civil unions on wedding blogs? Do civil unions change the world? And what on earth is a civil union, anyway?
With all the attention being bestowed on the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York state, there is another queue being formed there as well: the line of those couples wanting to get divorced.
If marriage truly is a sacrament, as many Christians (including myself) believe, then we need to be much more concerned with developing a robust theology of marriage and making that understood among our congregations than with mobilizing them to deny the right of a civil marriage to same-sexed partners.
Doesn't it seem inconsistent that during a highly religious marriage ceremony, I should have to turn the church into a place where government business is conducted? Isn't this a conflict?
"Facebook has always been an empowering place for gay people--it's a place you can be yourself in relative safety," Socarides
By creating civil union, a non-marriage marital status for certain couples, Illinois has brought the number of Americans living in jurisdictions that provide some measure of respect to same-sex couples under the law to 40 percent.
Hawaii's Governor vetoed a bill which would have legalized civil unions. She owes it to the people of Hawaii to honestly explain the policy reasons behind her veto.
On November 4th, while many California progressives were out of town working for Obama, golden state voters passed Proposition
Do we Americans merely pay lip service to the question of separation of Church and State as set forth by our Constitution?