Robert Gilligan, the executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois told the Chicago Tribune: “Civil unions afford all the benefits of marriage. The justification for passage of civil unions was to get all those legal rights.”
Excuse me, but civil unions do NOT provide all the benefits of marriage because they are NOT recognised at the federal level which would more than 1100 rights, benefits and privileges in addition to those provided by the state of Illinois. What an idiot!
…which would offer more than 1100 rights I meant to have said.
Sue all of them, I say
Come on people, WAKE UP. Gay marriage isn’t federally recognized so those couples who have had a legal civil union are unable to get the tax break on their Federal Tax Return. So suing the state will get them nothing except being out a big chunk of money for legal fees.
Civil unions, i.e. being married by a Justice of the Peace, is legally binding. Look at all the straight couples who have taken off to Las Vegas to be hitched by an Elvin impersonator. Their ceremonies are recognized by both the state and the feds.
Once the Feds get off their butts and recognize same sex unions, this stale mate will continue.
Civil unions aren’t marriages, so please point to any evidence where they are enshrined in law as such? Civil Partnerships in the UK aren’t marriages either even though they confer almost all of the rights of marriage. JPs don’t administer civil unions in the U,S. They are entered into by submitting the necessary form to the local town clerk’s office for registration as a legal non-marital union. Whatever extra ceremony takes place after registration is immaterial and isn’t legally binding.
All I can say is goof luck to all concerned, I fear that they are going to need it!
Robert Gilligan said “But we had said all along that civil unions weren’t the issue and that same-sex marriage was really the issue. This clearly proves our point, that really what they want is marriage.”
That’s correct, however, we are not demanding Holy Matrimony, so this, as a secular matter is none of your concern. Kindly “butt out” of the civil arena with your religious dogma.
God Bless these people who stand up for equal rights and equal marriage and Civil Rights in America. Now if only everybody took a stand for equal rights we would win and we would get our freedoms and that is what really scares the anti-gay Christians who want to keep us down and in slaver to their oppression.
Gay couples need to all come out and sue for the right to full marriage equality in we’re jurisductions that currently have half-baked second-class civil unions as well – such as New Zealand, France, United Kingdom, the Australian state of Queensland and the US States of Hawaii, Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey, Rhode Island, etc.