Minorities including homosexuals are not asking for special rights.
They are asking for equal rights and protection under the law.
Until the Federal Government passes the ENDA that will protect Gays from being fired soley because they are Gay. They lack this protection.
I cannot fire an employee for being an ethnic or religous mionority.
Not only is it immoral it is illegal under Federal Law.
If we continue to call unions cerified by the states marriage then we need to call all unions marriage.
Same sex couples are denied the rights by State and Federal governments that stratight married couples are due.
Same sex couples must navigate legal avenues to be afforded the same rights. That is the essence of discrimination. By doing so the state is saying certain relationships are Valid while others are not.
Even then those legal matters may be challenged in court.
I know of several Couples where one died of AIDS with a will awarding their partner the entire estate. Familiy members of the deceased then went to court and had that will thrown out.
Lesbians have been denied visitation in emergency rooms as their partners lay dieing.
If that happened to one straight couple the laws would be changed overnight.
By the way if , I fully believe that Faceman and others would not allow anyone to be harrassed or threatened in their presence.
Well, gasp, so have "boyfriends" and "girlfriends" of "straight couples" been denied visitation in emergency rooms. But not spouses or "civil union" partners.
And, I have never heard of anyone that was fired b/c they were gay. How would the employer know? I don't make a habit of wearing my heterosexual-ness out on my sleeve, t-shirt, etc.,. If a man made a pass at me in the work place, it wouldn't sit well w me...triple ditto for a woman. So, WHAT rights do they need "in addition" to those the rest of us "less equal" folks enjoy????