Alex Blaze

Hawaii Legislature Passes Civil Union Bill

Filed By Alex Blaze | February 17, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: bisexual, France, Hawaii, marriage, New Jersey, pacs, straight

Hawaii's senate passed a civil unions law last night, which heads to a supportive governor now:

neil-abercrombie.jpgThe Hawaii Senate approved the proposed law by a vote of 18-5, sending it to Abercrombie for his signature. It had earlier been approved by the House.

Throughout his campaign last fall, Abercrombie said he supported laws giving same-sex couples in civil unions the same rights, benefits, protections and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage.

The law goes beyond that and gives civil union benefits to opposite-sex couples as well. That's something I've blogged about before repeatedly: here in France, civil unions are open to people of any gender and there are almost 20 times more opposite-sex couples getting them than same-sex couples. Queer people, it turns out, aren't the only people in who see traditional one-man/one-woman-for-life marriage as something that's just not for them.

In short, the US is one step closer to becoming like the hated cheese-eaters today. Now if the US could also get out of Iraq....

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While it's not full equality, at least it's a start... And a much more refreshing start than what happened last year. And Hawaii LGBTQ families are getting more of the dignity, respect, and equality that they deserve.

Funny, I recall trying a couple of years back to get support for side-stepping marriage and pushing civil unions for everyone, and was told that noone wanted to go that path, that it was just dead, it was marriage or nothing. So I just dropped the whole idea...

Although marriage does mean a lot to me, and I love being married, I feel that the legal aspects should be separated from the relationship aspects--civil unions thorugh the government, and marriage through whatever route you prefer.

To me, this just takes the next logical step in teh evolution of marriage. It started as a business arrangement, essentially, giving the woman to the man as property, and binding families, and now is mostly about the relationship with the added benefits of being supported financially in over 2000 ways (though of course I am sure there are ppl who *do* get married jsut for the finacial benefits).

To me, the issue is should couples, either married or civilized (I have never heard a good name for ppl in civil unions, 'married is so helpful that way!), esp those who aren't raising kids, even have all these benefits? Isn't that why most of the priviledges were set up originally, to support the old-school families, where men worked, women stayed home, and eveyone had lots of kids?

Maybe what we need is policies focusing on families with kids, and not giving tax breaks to DINKs? (Of course, a big part of this would have to be universal health care so it isn't connected to being lucky enough to work for one of the few remaining companies that provide health care, or being married to someone who does. I know plenty of couples who make sure at least one of them works some place like that so they have health care.)

I know all this is pretty extreme, and the vast majority of ppl disagree. I am sure I am mistaken in many aspects, and have not thought all this through well enough, I just throw this out there as a way to look at it all differently, and to perhaps find a perspective that sidesteps the objections of the religious fundamentalists and meets the needs of everyone, gay or str8.

Like in France, a few years after such a shift is made, it may just seem like the most natural thing in the world. The biggest difference, of course, is that France is secular, and the US is one of the most religious places in the world.