I have a friend in the UK. We talk about a lot of different things including politics. Both of us consider ourselves just average guys with average opinions.
One day the topic of Gay Marriage came up and he told me he couldn’t understand why we yanks are so against it, and that they have had gay marriage since 2004.
HUH? I didn’t know they had gay marriage in the UK.
He goes on to tell me, “but it’s not called marriage…it’s called Civil Partnerships.”
Civil partnerships in the United Kingdom, granted under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, give same-sex couples rights and responsibilities identical to civil marriage. Civil partners are entitled to the same property rights as married opposite-sex couples, the same exemption as married couples on inheritance tax,social security and pension benefits, and also the ability to get parental responsibility for a partner’s children, as well as responsibility for reasonable maintenance of one’s partner and their children, tenancy rights, full life insurance recognition, next of kin rights in hospitals, and others. There is a formal process for dissolving partnerships akin to divorce.
I explained to him we have people that would like to pass a similar law except we call them Civil Unions. I explained how the activists that we hear from the most in the media are only interested in being able to call it Marriage. They are fighting over the word Marriage, not the rights to leave property, or be in a hospital room where their spouse is ill, or dying.
Once he understood, “…well that’s stupid, the activists here in the UK understood that they could never win that fight against the majority, and the church; so the compromise was Civil Partnerships.”
If gay activist in the US were pushing for Civil Unions, instead of Marriage…they would probably have had it by now, or possibly even earlier than 2004.
Instead activists attack those who are opposed to Gay Marriage deeming them hateful homophobes that just want all gay people to die of AIDS, crawl under a rock never to be heard from again, burned at the stake, locked up and forgotten about…yadda blah.
Well, that just isn’t true, no matter how many times it’s said.
Food for thought…