If civil union or something like it were available to you, would you do it? Would you be excited, or shrug? What level of couple registration and rights would satisfy your desire for an alternative to marriage, or are you looking for something completely different? The LGBT community has debated whether to settle for civil union or keep demanding legal recognition for same-sex marriage. Where do different-sex couples and others fit in?
In France, different-sex couples get civil unions at the rate of two for every three marriages. They are quite different from marriage. In Illinois, different-sex partners will soon be eligible for civil union, which will be quite similar to marriage under state law. In eight other states, different-sex couples have access to varying levels of statewide registry and rights. AtMP supporter Mary Ann Vorasky is campaigning to create civil unions that are legally equivalent to marriage nationwide.
AtMP’s board-approved strategy is that marriage-equivalent civil unions are nice but not enough. We don’t want to simply re-name marriage, we want to reconsider the rights and responsibilities now associated with married couples. Some should be eliminated altogether; many should be expanded to cover other forms of adult interdependent relationships.