Civil Unions in Hawaii & Illinois. How'd They Get it Right?
Civil marriage is a widely recognized and respected social structure for two people who have committed to build their life together. Civil unions are not universally understood. It is unclear whether they will be given the same level of respect as marriage in Illinois and elsewhere. What is already clear is that different-sex couples get to choose whether to enter a civil marriage or a civil union; lesbian and gay male couples are given only the civil union option.Let's hope the Hawaii and Illinois Civil Union regimes do a few things: i) offer new legal security for same-sex couples who want it, ii) become an attractive way for different-sex couples to formalize their partnerships as an affirmatively chosen alternative to marriage, and iii) provide a means by which we might start to undermine the social hierarchy that legitimizes married people and delegitimizes those who organize their lives on marriage's outside.http://www.hawaiicivilunions.net/