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Originally posted by xxpigxx
I would like to know what RIGHTS are taken away from a couple in a civil union as opposed to a marriage.
The Constitution of the USA gives no rights regarding either. It states that any rights not specifically enumerated are delegated to the states.
Therefore, marriage is defined by the state
Equal Pay Act, Title VII
a) Employer practices
It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer -
(1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin
In 1973 homosexuality per se was removed from the DSM-II classification of mental disorders and replaced by the category Sexual Orientation Disturbance. This represented a compromise between the view that preferential homosexuality is invariably a mental disorder and the view that it is merely a normal sexual variant. While the 1973 DSM-II controversy was highly public, more recently a related but less public controversy involved what became the DSM-III category of Ego-dystonic Homosexuality. The author presents the DSM-III controversy and a reformulation of the issues involved in the diagnostic status of homosexuality. He argues that what is at issue is a value judgment about heterosexuality, rather than a factual dispute about homosexuality.
any illness with significant psychological or behavioral manifestations that is associated with either a painful or distressing symptom or an impairment in one or more important areas of functioning.
The 2000 U.S. Census Bureau found that homosexual couples constitute less than 1% of American households. The Family Research Report says "around 2-3% of men, and 2% of women, are homosexual or bisexual." The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force estimates three to eight percent of both sexes.
Originally posted by KarlG
1) It is clear that you find that taking away your legal ownership for guns = taking away your rights, but taking away legal marriage contract = NOT taking away rights. You might say guns = something substantial but some people live without guns, but some cannot. Just as some people live without the legal binding of a marriage, some might really WANT it on paper to be proud of who they are.
Originally posted by stereovoyaged
Gay rights are ignored because of one single, stand alone reason. RELIGION!! Bible thumpers would have a copper canary if gays were getting the same rights as their blessed holy union.
Its hatefull, its predjudice, its supremist and its WRONG!! These people are people too and deserve to live the same quality of life as anyone else. We need to stop judging people based on beliefs and lifestyle choices. Its saddening, disheartening and sickening that this is even a topic of discussion.
Shame on those who want to abolish gay rights, shame on those who don't think they deserve the same happiness as everyone else. Who are you to judge you self rightous, self serving arrogant F*CKS. GET A GODDAMN life and worry about you and yours and no one else.
Originally posted by CherryDuck
... but seriously, aren't you living in a country who's pledge of allegiance has the words `under god'..... so please explain to me, you want to live in a christian based country.... and you want the right to go against that pledge.....