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April 21, 2005

Connecticut Approves Civil Unions... Through Democratic Means

I'm still very much undecided on civil unions, as I just consider them marriage light or, sorry DL, a backdoor method of obtaining marriage by another name.

Connecticut became the second state in the nation yesterday to create civil unions for gays and lesbians. The move disappointed some gay-rights activists who had hoped to see the state follow Massachusetts' lead in creating same-sex marriage and angered some conservatives who said the measure was a step in the direction of gay nuptials. The legislation was approved by a wide margin in the Senate and enacted swiftly by Governor M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, late yesterday afternoon.

''I have said all along that I believe in no discrimination of any kind, and I think that this bill accomplishes that, while at the same time preserving the traditional language that a marriage is between a man and a woman," Rell said after signing the bill into law.

The "traditional language." Where would conservatives ever get the idea that this was just a stepping stone towards gay marriage?

But... I am at least very happy that this law was enacted by, get this, actual law-makers 'n stuff.

What a concept:

The measure pushed Connecticut to the forefront of the debate over same-sex unions and made it the first state in the nation to enact civil unions without a court mandate. Vermont created civil unions in 2000 when the state's highest court ordered the Legislature to extend the privileges of marriage to same-sex couples.

Via PetiteDov, who favors this but asks: Why can't a man and a woman have a "civil union" as well? Isn't it likely that the commitment-phobic would turn to marriage-light as an alternative to actual marriage?

This is what gay-marriage advocates studiously refuse to contemplate. In their rush to secure a benefit which will affect quite less than 1% of the population, they simply will not take into consideration the effect redefining marriage will have on 90% of the population.

No This Site Is Not Being Programed By He Who Will Not Be Named Update: Just the way it happens sometimes.


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