Monday, March 22, 2004

Cockburn on Gay Marriage

"Marriage diverts us from the path of necessary reform. Civil union, today lawful only in Vermont, is what makes sense as a national cause. Unmarried couples, straight or gay, need to be able to secure joint property, make safe wills, be able to have hassle-free hospital visits and so forth. But issues of hospitals visits or health care should have nothing to do with marriage, and marriage as a rite should have nothing to do with legal rights. Separate "marriage" from legal recognition of a bond, of a kinship." Gay Marriage

He's right, equality is not enough, but in the meantime shouldn't it be a goal? Voting is not enough either.

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