Sometimes I hear some straight people say "I don't know why the gays want a regular marriage, when their civil unions are just as good." Well for all my straight viewers, I am here to say that a civil union is NOTHING like a regular marriage in any way, shape, or form.
In a regular marriage, both spouses are able to count one another as a deductible on their tax returns; which allows them to get more money back. The same does not exist in a civil union. Partners in a civil union are not allowed to count one another as a deductible on their tax return because they aren't viewed as an actual couple; and therefore must fill out separate tax returns.
Spouses in a regular marriage have the right to put one another on their insurance and healthcare, which allows them to be covered if one of them ends up in the hospital or needs to see a doctor. However partners in a civil union cannot put one another on their insurance or healthcare. In fact if a person in a civil union goes into the hospital, their partner can be denied to see them nor can they be allowed to decide how their healthcare should be administered. The reason why is once again that people in a civil union are not viewed as an actual married couple.
3) Wills and Pension
If a person in a regular marriage dies, their surviving spouse is entitled to their positions, property, money; and pension if available. However in a civil union, the right to the deceased lover's positions, property; and money can be denied since they are not seen as a valid couple and therefore will go to the deceased's family. If the deceased had a pension set up, their partner in a civil union can be denied right to it since they were never viewed as a valid couple.
If a person from this country marries another person of an opposite sex that is from another country, that foreigner will automatically be given the rights and privileges of a US citizen. However this does not apply to a civil union, so therefore the foreigner can and will be deported when their visa has expired or hasn't filed for citizenship before the civil union took place.
Once a straight couple has married, their marriage is deemed legal and valid throughout the rest of the country and beyond. However with a civil union, it is seen as truly valid in the state it was preformed in, with the terms varying in other civil union valid states; and seen as invalid throughout the rest of the country and in the eyes of those states' governments and the federal government.
8 years, 2 months ago
09 May 2011 09:30 CEST