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National support for Gay Civil Unions

As cited in the Boston Globe, ecent polling continues to be against gay marriage:

"Nearly a year after same-sex couples were legally allowed to marry in Massachusetts, 50 percent of respondents said they opposed recognizing same-sex marriages from Massachusetts ''as legal in all 50 states," and 46 percent favored it. The respondents also said they disapproved of ''gay and lesbian couples being allowed to get married" by 50 percent to 37 percent."

However there is hope as a majority of people in this same survey would support civil unions:


"Forty-six percent of respondents backed civil unions that would give gay couples ''some, but not all, of the legal rights of married couples" while 41 percent said they were opposed. Vermont and Connecticut have legalized civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, but Massachusetts remains the only state that has legalized same-sex marriage."

To me both democrats who support gay marriage, and those who do not, should unite and focus almost all of their efforts in this issue at creating a well crafted models of what civil unions can be, how they can help protect the civil rights of gay couples, and work to implement them as broadly as we can. I am curious what others think, and if anyone has seen good strategic thinking on the civil unions front?
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5/16/2005 03:13:00 PM

Here is a site from New Zealand on their efforts at a Civil Unions bill:

http://www.civilunions.org.nz/civilunions/cub-features/

It calls out that "These Bills do not change the definition of marriage. Marriage will continue to be a union between a man and a woman."    



5/16/2005 03:20:00 PM

In the UK: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Partnership_Act    



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