Del. Senate Approves Civil Unions; House Support Anticipated

Apr 8, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: EDGElosangeles.com News Feed

The state House on Thursday approved a bill offering legal recognition to same-sex couples in Delaware and giving them the same rights and obligations granted to married couples while a bill allowing same-sex civil unions cleared the Senate.

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Franklin Stantoni

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wooooooohhhhhhooooooo.... seperate, but equal. seperate, but not equal. we're almost a full citizen!
duped since birth

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Yeah, so maybe second class is better than no class. As a Delaware resident, I am hoping that this happens, but am also leery of the religionists swooping down on our state to do everything they can to make sure that I don't even get second class citizenship.

But if we succeed, and I get to be civilly unionized with my partner of 18 years, will I then be considered civilized? or unionized? Just asking.

Lisa Goodman, thank you! I appreciate what you are doing

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duped since birth wrote:
Yeah, so maybe second class is better than no class. As a Delaware resident, I am hoping that this happens, but am also leery of the religionists swooping down on our state to do everything they can to make sure that I don't even get second class citizenship.
But if we succeed, and I get to be civilly unionized with my partner of 18 years, will I then be considered civilized? or unionized? Just asking.
Lisa Goodman, thank you! I appreciate what you are doing
If marriage is important to you, why haven't you gone to D.C. to get married? Then come back to Delaware and file a lawsuit to have your marriage recognized.

Since: Jan 08

Bangkok, Thailand

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Apr 9, 2011
 
While this is a step, let's not forget: separate but equal is never equal.

Since: Mar 07

The entire US of A

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Apr 9, 2011
 
WeTheSheeple wrote:
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If marriage is important to you, why haven't you gone to D.C. to get married? Then come back to Delaware and file a lawsuit to have your marriage recognized.
Not everyone can afford the "file a lawsuit" part.

Since: Feb 10

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Apr 9, 2011
 
"One amendment would have allowed civil unions for heterosexual couples as well as homosexuals."

I am glad to see this get defeated. In Illinois they added this provision. I think it weakens the case of separate but equal when added. It may clear the way for a stronger legal battle for full marriage equality.

Keep going Delaware!
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WeTheSheeple wrote:
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If marriage is important to you, why haven't you gone to D.C. to get married? Then come back to Delaware and file a lawsuit to have your marriage recognized.
It's really not any of your business now, is it?

But as it so happens, I am a retired federal employee with 39 years of service, so pretty much all my benefits come from the federal government. Until DOMA goes away, state benefits are not worth much to me.

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duped since birth wrote:
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It's really not any of your business now, is it?
But as it so happens, I am a retired federal employee with 39 years of service, so pretty much all my benefits come from the federal government. Until DOMA goes away, state benefits are not worth much to me.
I was only asking, not judging.

Depending on what the 1st Circuit does we may soon have federal recognition in at least Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
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WeTheSheeple wrote:
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I was only asking, not judging.
Depending on what the 1st Circuit does we may soon have federal recognition in at least Massachusetts & Rhode Island.
Thanks...didn't mean to snap! I always appreciate your comments.

Maybe I'll see something positive in my lifetime...but sometimes it gets discouraging. Back in the 60s and 70s, when I was in my teens and twenties and was seeing all us young people rebelling against the status quo, I was hopeful that this movement, this energy, would continue into the future, but I have been so disappointed in the return to the old ways. Many of the hippies in those days must now be republicans! Oh, the horror!

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

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WeTheSheeple wrote:
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If marriage is important to you, why haven't you gone to D.C. to get married? Then come back to Delaware and file a lawsuit to have your marriage recognized.
In some states, courts are not our best option.

“Together for 24, legal for 5”

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Apr 10, 2011
 
Ron431 wrote:
"One amendment would have allowed civil unions for heterosexual couples as well as homosexuals."
I am glad to see this get defeated. In Illinois they added this provision. I think it weakens the case of separate but equal when added. It may clear the way for a stronger legal battle for full marriage equality.
Keep going Delaware!
I could argue that having civil unions for all and marriage for some makes the case for equality even stronger. That makes it all the more clear that marriage is a government-supported club open to only some people.

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Apr 10, 2011
 
nhjeff wrote:
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In some states, courts are not our best option.
In the short term, the courts may be our ONLY option. Until there is enough change in the demographics of this country around the end of this decade, it appears the anti-gays still have the votes to stop marriage equality- i.e. Maryland & Rhode Island & New York.

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