Thursday, September 17, 2009

Should the Respect for Marriage Act have been the Respect for Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, and Civil Unions Act?

09/17/09 The Bay Area Reporter / Gay Marriage Watch:
As the Bay Area Reporter first reported in July, the bill aimed at overturning the Defense of Marriage Act introduced September 15 by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-New York) only aims to extend the more than 1,100 federal rights and benefits that come with marriage to those couples who marry in the five states that allow LGBT couples to wed ... "I do think it is a mistake not to extend it to domestic partnerships and civil unions," said Jeff Sheehy, who helped create San Francisco's equal benefits ordinance in 1996 that requires city contractors to extend the same employee benefits to LGBT couples who registered as DPs as those given to heterosexual married couples.
Other media reports suggest that the Respect for Marriage Act, even in its current form, has no viable prospect of enactment in the current Congress.

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