civil unions vs. marriages

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civil unions vs. marriages

Postby TerraFrost » Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:18 am

if they're supposed to grant the same rights and privileges, why do they have different names? why not call them the same thing?

and if they're not the same thing, why does anyone care? why are civil unions such a contentious issue when they are decidedly not the same thing as marriage?

or are they supposed to be seperate but equal?
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Postby Rapscallion » Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:17 am

It's interesting how big of an issue homosexuality has been over the past decade. I'm not saying I condemn homosexuals, but I can't help but wonder how people from the 50s, 60s, or 70s would have reacted had they known about this. just a quandary.

I'm sure it depends entirely where the location is, in terms of what they call it. I would just say married in either case.
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Postby TerraFrost » Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:30 pm

I think homosexuality has actually become much less of an issue, over time.

Alan Turing - often referred to as the father of computers - killed himself when suggestions were made that he might be homosexual. I don't think he'd do that, now. Not when you have TV shows on prime time TV networks that play off of it (Will & Grace).

In fact, I think homosexuality, as a taboo, has largely been replaced to anything having to do with kids. For example, this:

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20 ... trial.html

Substitute teacher faces 40 years in prison because kids saw spyware-induced porno popups on her computer.

Also, this post, from slashdot.org, strikes a chord with me:

http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid ... d=18799637

To quote:

There is no crime so horrible... wrote:that even being accused of it should ruin one's life. Virginia Tech shooting had a false suspect. The mistake has been revealed and he is fine now. Why should this be any different? We can not allow ourselves to become so horrified by anything that we embark on a witchhunt without due process and skepticism. Otherwise, corrupt government or an angry neighbor can ruin your life by just suggesting you are a pedophile. Or distract people from real problems - deaths in Iraq, global warming, poverty - by dishing out some juicy news to keep the media busy.


But I digress. I think homosexuality is still a big issue for many people, but I think it's been superceeded by another issue.
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Postby Rapscallion » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:41 am

oh yes, the witch hunt method. :boo

That article about the sub being let off of a 40 year jail term is a VERY strange story. Kind of depressing, too.
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