Friday, December 01, 2006

Connecticut Case Shows: "Civil Unions" On Slippery Slope to "Gay Marriage"

True conservatives, those who understand you can't compromise with evil, have been warning for years of the danger of allowing "civil unions" (and those marriage amendments which do not specifically ban civil unions). Here's all you need for proof that we have been right:

GLAD (Gay & Lesbian & Bisexual & Transsexual Advocates and Defenders), the attorneys who pushed for Vermont civil unions and Massachusetts homosexual "marriage", are now arguing that the earlier passage of civil unions legislation in Connecticut PROVES that homosexual relationships deserve the same level of government sanctioning as heterosexual marriages.

From Bay Windows (11-29-06):
GLAD files marriage suit with CT Supreme Court

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a brief with the Connecticut Supreme Court Nov. 22 in its lawsuit to extend marriage to same-sex couples in that state, Kerrigan and Mock v. Department of Public Health. GLAD’s suit lost at the Superior Court level when Justice Patty Jenkins Pittman ruled that granting couples the legal rights of marriage through civil unions did not amount to unconstitutional discrimination. Yet GLAD attorney Ben Klein said GLAD will argue before the Supreme Court that the legislature’s passage of the civil union law makes their case for full marriage equality stronger.

Klein said the basic principle of equal protection under the law is that people who are the same should be given equal treatment. By granting same-sex couples all the legal benefits attached to marriage Klein said the legislature showed that committed same-sex relationships were equivalent to heterosexual marriages.

“[The civil union law makes our case] more compelling because the legislature has already established a policy that gay and lesbian couples are the same with respect to the marriage laws. So there is no justification under the marriage laws for treating them differently,” said Klein.

Kerrigan and Mock was originally filed in 2004 on behalf of eight Connecticut same-sex couples denied marriage licenses. GLAD expects the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in the case sometime next spring.