The state of Illinois did NOT pass civil marriage equality legislation as the author of this article seems to suggest. Instead it opted for civil unions similar to civil partnerships but which only give rights at the state level. Neither are considered legal marriages or recognised as such in America or in the UK.
Thank you for the clarification, Robert. I wonder whether that’s not actually harmful, because they can live with the delusion that they’ve actually done something, while falling short of equality.
FeministSmithie….quite! A lot of people are in denial when it comes to civil partnerships being equal to marriage. They’re not and never will be unless the law is changed to reflect that. They’ll argue that its just a case of semantics…another part of their denial. I’ve no objection to anyone entering into such a union but for me personally, I would never do it. I want something better, the world standard that is marriage. We now have ten countries that allow us to do just that and we don’t even have ten that have civil partnerships based on the British model. That’s not going to happen either. Marriage is the last major hurdle on the path to full equality, nothing else will remedy it.
It’s a positive step forward.
I agree, and I’m convinced that it’s in the traditionalists’ best interest to support same-sex marriage as well, because not doing so will be the true downfall of the institution: opposite-sex couples will opt for the ‘marriage-light’ alternatives like domestic partnerships, and ‘traditional marriage’ will lose its place in people’s conceptions of life stages, and thus in society.
It really is way beyond time that this site managed to figure out how to report the absolutely vital subject of equal civil rights for the information of the communities it claims to serve.
May I suggest a style book, in which it is clear when “equal marriage”, “registration celebrations”, wedding”, “civil unions”, and “civil partnerships” are to be used in articles? It should also totally ban the term “gay marriage”, unless reporting a marriage ceremony between two gay men that is legally equal to any other marriage.
Welcome to Illinois:
“Where we still believe in Jim Crow laws only for gays”!
Civil Unions are the new Jim Crow laws in 2000′s! As it was for blacks in 1960′s!