March 23, 2013 |
DENVER - Civil unions for gay couples got the governor's signature in Colorado on Thursday, punctuating a dramatic turnaround in a state where voters banned same-sex marriage in 2006 and restricted protections for gays two decades ago. Cheers erupted as Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill during a ceremony at the History Colorado Center near the state Capitol. Dozens of gay couples and others looked on, with many chanting: "Equal! Equal!" "There is no excuse that people shouldn't have all the same rights," Hickenlooper told the crowd.
May 20, 2011 |
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rhode Island's House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation allowing gay couples to enter into civil unions, after a last-ditch effort to revive gay-marriage legislation failed. The 62-11 vote sends the measure to the Senate, where leaders predict broad support for civil unions. The proposal would allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions granting all of the rights given to married couples. It was introduced as a compromise after legislative leaders said gay-marriage legislation lacked the votes.
April 25, 2000 |
Vermont has done the right thing in approving "civil unions" for homosexuals. While some fear this move sets American on a slippery slope of some kind, it's just as likely it could create a new equilibrium. Actually, I have no choice but to support civil unions, having twice advocated such a concept as preferable to that of "domestic partners," which remains a bad choice. Domestic-partner ordinances in Philadelphia and elsewhere grant gay and lesbian employees the benefits, notably family medical insurance, that are intended to make it easier for one spouse to remain at home, work part-time or raise small children.
March 13, 2000 |
Inside a teal-trimmed frame house overlooking Lake Champlain, Nina Beck stands near the warmth of a fire holding her sleeping 3-month-old son, Seth. Her bright green eyes glow; there is a proud smile on her pretty, freckled face. It is a peaceful scene, belying the controversy that surrounds it. Eight years ago, Beck was married before family and friends in a Jewish ceremony ("cantor and all," she says). Legally, however, she is an unwed mother - because her partner's name is not Stephen or Stanley but Stacy.
December 22, 2006 |
Feb. 14 may be Valentine's Day, but if you're a gay or lesbian couple in New Jersey, Feb. 23 is going to be love day. That's the date, according to Garden State Equality, that the first civil union ceremonies are likely to take place under the bill that Gov. Corzine signed into law yesterday. Monday, Feb. 19, is the first day people will be allowed to get civil licenses, but since that's a state holiday, Feb. 20 will probably bring the first license. As with marriage, a 72-hour waiting period follows.
June 30, 2011 |
The clunky words civil union can't do justice to the bond between Karen and Marcye Nicholson-McFadden. Together for 21 years and raising two children, the women are married in every sense . . . but one. "The words matter," says Karen, 45, an executive recruiter who lives in Monmouth County. "Marriage matters. " The Nicholson-McFaddens are among seven same-sex couples fighting to enable New Jerseyans like myself to legally marry whom we love. "If this isn't a marriage," said Louise Walpin, a mother of four who's been partnered with Marsha Shapiro for 21 years, "then I don't know what is. " Lambda Legal is suing the State of New Jersey on behalf of seven couples, their children, and the Garden State Equality organization.
December 6, 2006 |
The New Jersey Legislature is moving forward with a plan to grant gay couples all the rights of marriage, but under a different name. In their expected response to a state Supreme Court mandate to level the playing field for same-sex couples, lawmakers late Monday introduced a bill creating civil unions. Gay couples would apply for the new status the same way their heterosexual counterparts now apply for a marriage license, said Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen), who cosponsored the bill in the Senate with Senate President Richard J. Codey (D., Essex)
October 27, 2006 |
The New Jersey Supreme Court has given the state Legislature a historic opportunity, and I don't mean the chance to allow same-sex couples to marry. The Legislature has the chance to enact civil unions for all couples - same-sex and different-sex. New Zealand does it. So does the Netherlands, under the name "registered partnership. " Maine and the District of Columbia recognize "domestic partnerships" for both straight and gay couples, although both give domestic partners fewer rights than those accorded married couples.
February 20, 2007 |
At Collingswood's Borough Hall yesterday, in streamed a handful of citizens of historical significance - gay and lesbian couples who applied for a civil-union license on the first day New Jersey's new law allowed them. Mark Henderson, 42, and Charles Dowdy, 41, walked in with their two sons, Xavier, 6, and Sekai, 3. After a required waiting period of 72 hours, the men can be officially united with all the state's legal benefits of marriage, but not the title. As they filed the civil-union paperwork with a clerk, the boys charged up behind their fathers, then giggled their way back to the other side of the office.
May 17, 2012 |
DENVER - Opponents of same-sex unions rallied at the Colorado Capitol on Tuesday as tensions remained high one day after state House Republicans rejected a proposal to provide gay couples rights similar to marriage. Dozens of people saying they support traditional marriage cheered Republican lawmakers and thanked State House Speaker Frank McNulty, crediting him for the defeat of the heavily debated civil-union legislation. Gay-rights advocates also maintained a presence at the Capitol, as a man with a horn loudly heckled McNulty as he addressed the crowd.