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Civil Union

What Church and Culture Both Get Wrong About Marriage

Christian Piatt | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion
Christian Piatt

For some, the Church is the final bastion in the culture war to preserve the notion held by some of "traditional family." For others, marriage is merely a civil contract, in which organized religion should have no part.

Why Conservatives Should Learn to Love Gay Marriage

Scott Titshaw | Posted 02.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Titshaw

By refusing marriage to same-sex couples, social conservatives are undermining traditional marriage more than lesbian brides and gay grooms ever could.

What's Law Got To Do With It? A Straight Married Guy's Perspective On Marriage

Ariel Chesler | Posted 06.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Ariel Chesler

For a long time I had no interest in and was opposed to getting married. I believed that we didn't need the state to validate our relationship. I already knew its value and our commitment to each other. And then a funny thing happened: I lost my job and needed health insurance.

4 Things I Learned From Being Sort Of Married

Jennifer Armstrong | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Jennifer Armstrong

We're unequivocally in favor of marriage equality. But this lower "level" of commitment has been worth something in its own right to us -- not just for the health benefits, but for the ways it helped us see exactly what we wanted from our relationship.

Gay Marriage: America's Last Major Civil Rights Movement

Bryan Wood | Posted 05.27.2013 | Impact
Bryan Wood

If our legal system is founded upon the concept of freedom, equality, and protection, with the only deviations being for the reason of legitimate public purpose, what is the public purpose of banning same-sex marriages? Outside of individual opinion, I see none.

Cara Santa Maria

Would You "Re-Up" Your Marriage Each Year? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.29.2012 | Science

I've long thought about the power of love and the value of marriage. I grew up in a conservative Mormon household, where I saw my parents endure a dif...

Catherine New

Gay, Married And Gaming The IRS? | Catherine New | Posted 03.15.2012 | Money

Newlyweds Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz are gearing up to file their first tax return as a married couple. Typically, couples grapple with the finan...

Why Civil Unions Are Progress But Still a Cop-Out

Bernadette Coveney Smith | Posted 03.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Bernadette Coveney Smith

How would you like to be proposed to and enter in a civil union? How often do you see civil unions on wedding blogs? Do civil unions change the world? And what on earth is a civil union, anyway?

New York Courts are Open for Civil Union Divorces

Frederick Hertz | Posted 09.20.2011 | Divorce
Frederick Hertz

With all the attention being bestowed on the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York state, there is another queue being formed there as well: the line of those couples wanting to get divorced.

An Eastern Orthodox Defense of Gay Marriage

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 09.12.2011 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

If marriage truly is a sacrament, as many Christians (including myself) believe, then we need to be much more concerned with developing a robust theology of marriage and making that understood among our congregations than with mobilizing them to deny the right of a civil marriage to same-sexed partners.

A Possible Compromise on the Gay Marriage Controversy

Tony Campolo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tony Campolo

Doesn't it seem inconsistent that during a highly religious marriage ceremony, I should have to turn the church into a place where government business is conducted? Isn't this a conflict?

Facebook Adds 'Civil Union,' 'Domestic Partnership' To Relationship Status Options

The Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Facebook has added two new relationship status options users can include in their online profiles: "in a civil union" and "in a domestic partnership."...

What We Can Learn From Illinois

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

By creating civil union, a non-marriage marital status for certain couples, Illinois has brought the number of Americans living in jurisdictions that provide some measure of respect to same-sex couples under the law to 40 percent.

A Model Civil Union

Miriam Hess | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Miriam Hess

Over a decade ago, the French government effectively tackled the controversial issue of granting legal status and benefits to same-sex partnerships by...

Linda Lingle's Faux-Constitutionalism

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Hawaii's Governor vetoed a bill which would have legalized civil unions. She owes it to the people of Hawaii to honestly explain the policy reasons behind her veto.