New Jersey has been of the state's at the forefront of the fight for marriage rights for same-sex couples. Much credit for that goes to Garden State Equality, a statewide organization fighting for GLBT civil rights.
New Jersey Proves Civil Unions Don't Work
One year ago this week, New Jersey's Civil Union law went into affect. For many it seemed like a pragmatic step although time has revealed many flaws in the second class legal arrangement that gay couples in NJ settle for.
Part of the law allowing for Civil Unions mandated the formation of a Civil Union Review Panel to examine how Civil Unions are working out in real time. Based on their report, Civil Unions are a colossal public policy failure.
The Panel's review was 21 pages long but you don't have to read the whole thing to know that when someone can't get into the ER to see their sick partner, that's a breach of human dignity. When someone has to fight until their last breath to ensure their parter will receive thier pension benefits, that's a breach of human dignity. When someone is denied heath insurance because their partner is gay, that's a breach of basic human dignity.
The legislature promised us that Civil Unions would fix all that AND IT DIDN'T.