what exactly is the difference between a marriage and a civil union?

i'm gay and before i heard about civil unions i wanted gays to be able to marry, but then i hear talk of this "civil union" that allows gays to unite? or marry? i don't get it. now i think why mess with straights and their marriage while we have our own unions? they have an over 50% divorce rate anyways, obviously marriage can't be that great. but i do think that equality will prevail and gay marriage will be legal, just not yet. so for the time being, what is a civil union?

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Answered By: cjmjm1 - 8/15/2010
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Do you know why a lot of straight people are ok with gays being able to get civil unions but don't want us to marry? Think separate water fountains. Civil unions are "less than" and no self respecting gay person should enter one. Marriage is not a heterosexual privilege.
Answered By: robert - 8/15/2010
I want to be able to marry so that I don't have to get down on one knee and say "Will you enter a civil union with me?".
Answered By: Torzath - 8/15/2010
A Civil Union is a union between to people of the same sex. It is similar to marriage, but does not always grant the same rights as one. The biggest issue with calling our unions something different is that it labels us as different. Remember the issue where "Separate but equal" was really "Separate, but NOT equal"? It... More
Answered By: Erin - 8/15/2010
A civil union does not grant near as many rights as a marriage license does. most people are not aware of exactly what being able to marry means. There are hundreds of rights that go along with that paper. once, for example, is the fact that if you're married in one state then you're married everywhere. Lets say I... More
Answered By: wiccagirl24 - 8/15/2010
in a marriage you get rights by law,insurance, taxes ....if your die & your spouce if married you have rights ton of rights go to married ppl not civil unions + you dont have the struggle w/ govt for things Mass +vermont are right grant us marriage
Answered By: Pattt - 8/16/2010
any marriage is comprized of two parts the cival union which establishes legal rights for both partise and the religouis ceremony the marriage which is the wording and the joining of two people befor god and their family and freinds . now do you see whay so many are against gay marrieg eas among gays is the highest... More
Answered By: lisa - 8/16/2010
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