Friday, December 15

A Class of its Own

Although afforded an opportunity by its highest court to allow same-sex couples to marry, New Jersey has chosen instead to pass a civil unions bill for same-sex couples. New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has stated that he will sign the bill, which was approved yesterday by both houses of the state’s legislature. By stopping short of marriage for same-sex couples, New Jersey has reserved marriage as a special right for heterosexual couples, a move that seems blatantly unconstitutional and discriminatory.

This leaves same-sex couples in New Jersey in a dilemma. By offering something less than full marriage equality, civil unions relegate same-sex couples to second class status; for that reason, perhaps they should be boycotted. On the other hand, many same-sex couples would benefit from the benefits offered by a civil union. I am honestly not sure what I would do in that situation.

I guess I’d pass seeing that I haven’t even taken advantage of my right to marry my same-sex partner here in Massachusetts. Seems kind of futile to me without federal recognition attached to it on account of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). That’s not to belittle the great step forward taken by Massachusetts, which remains in a class of its own as far as marriage equality is concerned.

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4 Comments:

Blogger jacob henry said...

here here!

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Erik said...

That is a tough one???

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You seem to have self hatred issues. Your site is a big turn off because of it. Every try therapy?

9:05 PM  
Blogger Sandouri Dean Bey said...

dear anonymous dick,

you seem to have anger issues.

i fail to see how this post or my blog in general suggest self hatred. perhaps hatred of new jersey... no, wait, that's too strong. i don't hate new jersey. just the new jersey turnpike.

anyhoo, if my blog turns you off, don't read it. either you're a (closeted) homophobic asshole or you're an uncle tom who thinks we should kiss the asses of our patronizing leaders who throw us a bone in the form of half-assed measures like what passed in new jersey. either way, i don't really care.

and i assume you meant to say "ever try therapy?" to which my response is: yes, aroma therapy. it's fabulous. you should try it sometime. but first you'll need to take your head out of your ass.

10:06 PM  

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