June 21, 2004

Civil Union isn't good enough?

I remember reading an article/opinion piece from someone in the Listener who was against the Civil Union Bill because he didn't want to be a second class citizen. He wanted true parity or none at all. He also assumed that once CU was acheived there would be no compelling reason to allow same sex couples to marry.

Two things:

1) 20 years of successful civil unions would nomalise the idea that non-marital unions are just as valid as marital ones. This should smooth the way for acceptance of a widening of the legal framework of family recognition. So I actually think CUs will support the acceptance of same sex relations in NZ.

2) I don't care what it is called, I want access to legal recognition for my relationship. If I want to (and I most certainly do not) I can *call* it marriage, or whatever else I like. Print up invitations to a marriage, publish banns at a friendly church, have one or more brides or grooms and even eat wedding cake. Just in the way that different sex couples can currently get legally married, but call it a handfasting or comittment ceremony.

p.s. Isn't it curious that we put all this moral and spiritual weight on a relationship contract, but none on owning land.

Posted by carla at June 21, 2004 09:20 PM
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