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08/17/2011

Audio: Rhode Islanders wait for fully defined civil equality

by Jeremy Hooper

NOM's Chris Plante thinks the lack of Rhode Islanders running to "civil union"-ize their bond is evidence of some sort of greater "redefinition" plan:


*AUDIO SOURCE: Few Sign Up for RI Civil Unions [FoTF Citizenlink]

But here's the thing: *CIVIL UNIONS* are the real redefinition in play here. In a world where civil marriage and religious ceremony are already separate concepts, civil unions are a new, and I would say contrived way of looking at relational recognition. Which is precisely why so many same-sex couples, especially now, here in a world where marriage equality is a reality that has more than proven its worth and sustainability, opt to wait for what is inevitably in the cards for the entire nation rather than take part in a separate and less-than-equal system that will *always* contain some sort of inadequacies.

Personally I probably would protect my bond with a civil union, if that's all that was available in the foreseeable future. And I most always support the C.U. legislative option (albeit begrudgingly) if that is all that is reasonably available. But here we're talking about Rhode Island, a small state where five much larger neighbors to the immediate north and west already offer full state-level marriage equality. There is surely no state in the nation where a full equality bump up is more fully in the cards, at least in such a predictably immediate way. So can you blame those long-waiting couples for sticking it our for what can reasonably be assumed to be just a eensy bit more time? Can you blame them for not utilizing this redefined form of civil bonding when they know that full civil marriage equality is what they deserve?

Chris Plante (who opposed civil unions and marriage) can certainly point fingers of blame. But that won't stop gay Rhode Islanders from gaining access to the option they deserve: Fingers with fully defined wedding bands, not harder-to-explain civil union rings.

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*Oh, and none of us should forget the way NOM's Rhode Island guy, Christopher Plante, has talked about us:

NOM Rhode Island Director Chris Plante
Saying gays use kids like accessories:

Likening gay parents to dead parents:

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