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12/10/2008

NJ takes another step towards the inevitable

by Jeremy Hooper

Today in New Jersey, the state's Civil Union Review Commission will present its final report on the subject. And surprise, surprise -- they are still finding that separate but (un)equal is not working:

 Good As You Images  Good As You Images Jerseyequal 1 1 1-1The final report of the New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission says it gathered "overwhelming evidence" that the civil union law not only fails to provide the same protections as marriage, it also has created economic, medical and emotional hardships for gay couples.
The commission concluded that denying same-sex couples the right to marry is as unjust as government imposing racial segregation laws against African-Americans.
Panel: N.J. should OK same-sex marriages [Star-Ledger]

We say: Ugh, just do it already! This waiting game is worse than being stuck on the turnpike during the dog days of summer in an old beat up car that's lacking both air and a radio, waiting for a broken down semi to be hauled out of the way. Except, of course, the broken semi- system known as "civil unions" isn't just preventing gays from getting to the shore -- it's keeping decent, tax-paying queer couples from shoring up their rights and benefits so that they can fully and equally protect their families! It's not just clogging up the toll road -- it's clogging up the rights for certain humans, such as the writer of Towleroad. It's not just giving us road rage -- it's giving us the far-more-difficult affliction known as "riding in a less-part of the bus rage"!

So yea, it's time to tow away this roadblock, Garden State, and let the tide of progress pass through. Until you do, we're just going to keep making "driving on the turnpike" metaphors to wear you down. And trust us -- we can go for miles without even a hint of exhaust!

**ALSO: Read the final report, in full:

Final Report of the CURC

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With the losses in this past election, I've been very happy with the good news coming our way. Florida, Iowa, New Jersey...

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