by Thaddeus Baklinski MALTA, November 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Maltese bishop has slammed the government's proposed same-sex civil union legislation, saying that there is simply no equivalence between heterosexual and homosexual relationships. “While the sexual activity of heterosexual couples…
Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert kiss after their 2011 civil union ceremony. Now, a federal judge is allowing them to marry before Illinois' marriage equality law goes into effect. Illinois' new marriage equality won't go into effectShow More Summary
Vernita Gray and Pat Ewert have been a couple for over five years and entered into a civil union in 2011 but Gray has been fighting breast cancer since 1996 that has spread to her bones and formed inoperable tumors in her brain. Her last wish is to be married to Ewert, to whom she proposed on Christmas Day 2009. [ more › ]
While open to possibly taking out language that also bans civil unions, Republicans in the Indiana legislature are vowing to further connect their party to the wrong side of the marriage issue: Despite calls from Democrat legislative leaders to shelve...
Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation at a ceremony in Chicago Wednesday, making Illinois the 16th state to allow same sex marriage. Civil unions have been allowed in Illinois since 2011, but the measure legalizing same-sex marriage was not always assured of passage. Show More Summary
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John Culhane examines the state of the civil union: As I explained here in Slate last year, for the pioneering hetero couples who chose the civil union, marriage wasn’t a choice that appealed to them. Their decisions to elect the civil union over marriage were fueled by a mix of reasons: the association of marriage with religion; its dismal history […]
(DENVER) — The nation’s newest state, if rural Colorado residents had their way, would be about the size of Vermont but with the population of a small town spread across miles of farmland. There wouldn’t be civil unions for gay couples, new renewable energy standards, or limits on ammunition magazines. Show More Summary
by Hilary White ROME, November 8, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A law in Greece that allows civil unions for heterosexual couples but does not include same-sex partners has been declared illegal by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). When a country provides legal recognition to unmarried heterosexual couples…
Yesterday we reported that the European Court of Human Rights ruled that persecuted gays from Africa have grounds for asylum in European Union member countries. But there's more, the WSJ reports: A separate ruling was issued by the European Court...
Relationships are the most unique and nuanced thing in life. So why does Facebook only have a handful of options to describe them? This doesn’t make sense to me. Between single, civil union and divorced there are a zillion shades of relationship situations, which are all supposed to fall under the “it’s complicated” category. That’s [...]
The Illinois House of Representatives narrowly approved a bill Tuesday to allow same-sex marriage in the state, replacing an existing provision for civil unions. The bill will now proceed to the Illinois Senate and to Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for likely passage. Show More Summary
Dr. Rebecca Brinkman and Margaret Burd have filed suit for the right to wed, arguing that a civil union will deny them key rights and privileges bestowed by marriage equality. read more
Israel's Yesh Atid Party yesterday introduced a civil unions bill that would grant same-sex couples all the rights of marriage. The bill also ends the requirement that straight couples be married in a religious ceremony. The New York...Show More Summary
This guy was front and center throughout yesterday's "Defend Marriage" lobby day in Springfield, Illinois: Well, I don't know if I'd say God abhors them, per se. But civil unions surely are not the best way for a good state...
Abby Wambach, the greatest scorer in women’s soccer, quietly married her partner, Sarah Huffman, in Hawaii this month. Doing so, she may have made the loudest statement in same-sex sporting news this year. The civil union is much less the female equivalent of Jason Collins coming out to his teammates, and much more the equivalent of Michael Jordan marrying one of his. read more
On Sept. 27 New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled that civil unions are not equal to marriage and that same-sex couples must be allowed to marry starting Monday, Oct. 21. In response, Gov. Chris Christie, who vetoed the...Show More Summary
Indiana is going to loom large on the marriage equality front in 2014, where opponents of same-sex marriage have proposed an amendment to strengthen the existing ban on gay marriage to extend to civil unions. Beyond prohibiting gay marriage,...Show More Summary
As Dale and I have blogged about (see here, here, here, and here), the New Jersey courts are hearing a claim that the state’s civil union regime is no longer constitutionally adequate and that the state and federal constitutions now require same-sex marriage. Show More Summary
The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that the state must begin granting same-sex marriage licenses on Monday, a rebuff to Gov. Chris Christie. Christie, a Republican, favors civil unions, which New Jersey has offered since 2007, but opposes gay marriage. The state had tried to …