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04/26/2007

Almost-marriages to be granted in Granite State

by Jeremy Hooper

NewhampshireflagWell, it looks like New Hampshire is going to become the fourth state to offer an alternative to full marriage equality:

N.H. Lawmakers Approve Civil Unions [AP via WaPo]

Once Gov. Lynch signs the measure into law -- which he has announced he will do --civil unions will begin in the Granite State on 1/1.

A positive thing? Absolutely! However, we must continue to fight until we reach a 1/1 where we're granted the rights that are truly a win/win for Juan/Juan. Not to sound like ungrateful babies screaming "whaa/whaa," but civil unions: They just don't make us scream a celebratory "Wow!/Wow!"

Now if you'll excuse me, I must go wee/wee.

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If you lived in a state like Virginia, believe me you'd be screaming "WOW!". The Old Dominion is so far away from any kind of legal relationship that I believe my nieces and nephews will be grandparents before anything happens.

Posted by: John | Apr 27, 2007 9:07:04 AM

John: With all due respect, please do not act as if I am unfamiliar with life in a more conservative area just because I happen to live in a more progressive one now. i spent 22 years in a very conservative Southern state. Would I be calling it a positive step if my former home (or Virginia) legalized civil unions? Yes, just like I have with New Hampshire, Jersey, Connecticut, and Vermont. However, civil unions simply do not work.

I will always give a thumbs up to civil unions legalization. However, I will never give a full out celebratory "Wow" to this less-than equal system (which comes with offensive societal implications).

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 27, 2007 9:18:53 AM

Jeremy, that wasn't meant as a slam on you. If anything I'm not pleased with about 57% of my fellow Virginians. Come to think of it, if we even had domestic partnerships here I'd probably have a heart attack from shock. Of course after recovering I'd celebrate that Falwell & Robertson were losing their grip here...

Posted by: John | Apr 27, 2007 3:04:01 PM

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