I'll start from my Oregon perspective- here is the history:
In 2004 and 2005, there was controversy and political disagreement concerning the status of same-sex marriage in Oregon. In 2004, Multnomah County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses, which began a political battle over same-sex marriage that ended later that year with an amendment to the Oregon Constitution. In 2005, the legislature introduced a bill to create civil unions which eventually died in committee and did notbecome law.
Currently, the state of Oregon does not recognize same-sex marriage. However, Ted Kulongoski, governor of Oregon at the time, signed a domestic partnership bill into law on May 9, 2007. Called the Oregon Family Fairness Act, the law would provide several major rights to same-sex couples that were previously only given to married couples, including the ability to file jointly on insurance forms, hospital visitation rights, and rights relating to the deceased partner. While January 1, 2008 was the date the statute would have taken effect, a court challenge delayed its implementation until being resolved on February 1, 2008, and the law went into effect that day, with registrations set to begin on February 4, 2008.
The Oregon Constitution now states: It is the policy of Oregon, and its political subdivisions, that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or legally recognized as a marriage.
• on the first day Multnomah county issued 422 marriage licenses, compared to 68 on an average day.• As of the hearing,(about a week later approximately 1,700 marriage licenses had already been issued by the county.
Anyway we had it, we fought for it, they litigated it, reversed it and then even had to fight for a watered down "domestic partnership" bill.
In my mind, that is the same as having to sit in the back of the bus.
I dislike the State by State method of equal rights for marriage, because simply by crossing a state line your marriage could become null and void. Imagine being right on the state line- your left foot standing in a legal marriage, your right foot, the marriage and all the legal right that come with it, disappear.
Couples get married because they want to be there for each other in sickness and in health, when times are good and when things get tough. State and federal marriage laws provide a safety net of over 1,200 legal and economic protections for married couples and their children.
Same-sex couples are often denied:
- hospital visitation when there's been an accident or illness, or
- the ability to obtain "family" health coverage, or
- taxation and inheritance rights, or
- their role as parent of their children, or
- even protection in case the relationship ends.
- In sickness and in health. Marriage automatically enables spouses to visit each other in the hospital; to make each others' emergency medical decisions; to share a family health plan; and to take medical leave to care for a sick spouse or child.
For richer and for poorer. Marriage means that governments, banks, credit card companies, and other financial institutions will consider both spouses's incomes, assets, or debts in such matters as taxes, credit, loans, inheritance, divorce settlements, and eligibility for public housing, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits.
When a child joins the family. Marriage automatically enables the spouses to be joint parents, covering such situations as making school or medical decisions, applying for passports, passing on inheritances, or being eligible for visitation rights and child support obligations if the parents separate.
When death parts the pair. Marriage law enables a survivor to continue to care for (or be cared for by) the dead partner in such situations as making funeral arrangements, inscribing an epitaph, inheriting a lease, filing wrongful death claims, taking bereavement leave, and passing on property.
No sooner has the Washington "gay marriage" bill passed, and the haters are swaming:
Now the Evangelical Pastor from California is calling for a boycott of Starbucks for supporting equal rights? Who does Pastor Steven Andrew think he's kidding?
Those evangelical haters are probably drinking Folgers or Farmer Brothers crappy coffee anyway. Maybe that's why they are soooo hateful?