Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Little More Equality in Illinois

SB1716 passed both the IL House & Senate yesterday legalizing Civil Unions within the state. The Gov. is expected to sign it.

My only problem w/ this is that politicians should be focusing exclusively on the train wreck they call a budget but are instead throwing out contentious issues to try and distract from the fact that they are unable to fix the mess they created.

And it's working. The religious right are crapping themselves over condemning this as the end of the world putting what should be a non-issue in the 21st Century at the forefront.

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Nate said...

I'm anxious for the day- though I think I am the only person promoting this idea, that the government get completely out of the business of marrying people, (or issuing marriage licenses). They ought to only provide civil union licenses to any two adult people that request it. That CU license should then make those persons eligible for the privileges typically reserved for married persons. Marriage, like baptism and consecration of priests needs to be a religious ceremony, not permission to receive the typical privileges that we assume marriage provides.

Thirdpower said...

I take it a step farther. They shouldn't issue 'licenses' at all. Let it be a civil contract between consenting adults.

kaveman said...

Both of you beat me to it.

Which makes you homophobic racist klansman who beat nuns to death with the puppies you just strangled with tuna nets that killed dolphins.

Sorry, every time I try to venture into the minds of our adversaries, I tend to commit myself to the hilt.

I'm funny that way.

FightinBluHen51 said...

Nate, I've been saying that for year!

What is worse is, the religious right, fails to see the hypocrisy they have with opposition to gay marriage. They want their cake and to eat it as well; in that limited government vs big government can withstand an issue litmus test.

45superman said...

I'm all for getting government out of the marriage business, but unless it's done in a way that doesn't threaten the huge business of divorce lawyering, the legal profession is going to fight it tooth and nail.

Tom Bridgeland said...

I am religious right, and I can't care less about gay marriage. Civil marriage has nothing to do with religious marriage, except the similarity in the name.

I worry more about attempts to force churches to accept views that they don't agree with. Lawsuits to force churches to perform gay marriages, for example.