Prop 8 Attorney Ted Olsen & NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: "Civil unions are a second-class status"

AFER and Prop 8 Attorney Ted Olson and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have joined together to write and excellent opinion piece in the New York Daily News arguing that civil unions are no substitute for marriage equality and are really in fact nothing more than than giving Lesbian and Gay couples a second class status which is almost virtually worthless.

“A civil union reflects a second-class status that fails to protect committed same-sex couples who choose to be married. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue; this is a matter of protecting the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under law for all Americans.

In New York, there are more than 1,300 state rights and responsibilities that come with a marriage license. From spousal inheritance rights to the ability to file joint tax returns to child custody rules to the transferring of workers’ compensation benefits, the scope of marriage-related law is expansive. Some are fundamental, others mundane – but all serve to underscore how deeply interwoven New York’s marriage laws are and how extraordinarily they reach into the lives of countless people……..

A civil union is not a marriage, nor is it an adequate substitute for one. To suggest otherwise is a cruel fiction. Even if all of the inherent confusion and complexities could be resolved and civil unions could somehow provide couples with the same rights and responsibilities of a true marriage, the separation of the two institutions creates a badge of inferiority that forever stigmatizes the relationships of committed same-sex couples as different, separate, unequal and less worthy.”

Head on over to The Daily News online and read the entire editorial.  It’s well worth it.


Will Kohler

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