Well I was always in the "camp" of dropping this fight for gay marriage which is loaded with problems for strong legal civil unions confering virtually the same rights excluding taxes and a few others...
And if we put these really nice seat cushions on the seats on the back of the bus, it's like they'd don't even have to ride in the back of the bus! Let's make sure that the separate water fountains they have to drink from make their water nice and chilly, and that makes it okay that they have to drink from a separate fountain!
Come on. Civil unions aren't enough. Marriage is recognized in every county, state, and in every country in the world, while civil unions aren't; so the rights and responsibilities don't necessarily travel with a couple when they leave a state in which they were granted. Marriage is an institution that has existed for thousands of years, one that has tremendous emotional and psychological resonance in our culture in a way that civil unions don't.
But even if the philosophical case for equality doesn't move you, how about some cold, hard numbers: Five months after New Jersey's Civil Union Law took effect, at least 1 out of every 7 civil-union couples
in New Jersey were not getting their civil unions recognized by their employers. That's about 14 percent.
Civil unions are not just legally unequal to marriage, they're not just emotionally unequal to marriage, they're not even morally unequal to marriage. They're unequal in the most basic, literal sense of the word: in New Jersey there is a different and inferior standard to which companies are held when in comes to granting benefits to civil union'ed (that's another case why a system of civil unions won't work; there's no good past participle for joining in a civil union like there are for folks who are married
) employees. They're not being treated "separate but sort of equal" by their employers. And that's why civil unions aren't enough. Big step in the right direction, big whole lot better than nothing, but not enough.
And I'm afraid I agree with the black community saying homosexuality or bisexuality is the same as being a person of color is not reasonable they walk out in public and are - black. I walk out in public I'm a disabled white woman but lesbian is not. No one can tell unless I announce it in some way. That is the difference between gays and lesbians and other minorites protected under the law...
By that same logic, hate crime against Jews isn't the same as bigotry or discrimination against people of color. I mean, come on, if it wasn't for the fact that they draw attention to themselves with those funny hats and clothes and their insular culture, they could pass for white in a lot of cases! Therefore it isn't morally equivalent when they are victimized by bigotry, because they drew some of that attention to themselves by they just can't help but stand out...
Yeah. No. Time to take a lesson from speech class, steal a quote, and go out strong.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.