In attack on same-sex marriage, Focus on the Family concedes civil unions appeal to “fair-minded”
DENVER– In the week since state Senator Pat Steadman introduced his civil unions bill here, gay rights group OneColorado and Colorado Springs-based Christian-right organization Focus on the Family have rallied supporters with press releases and calls to action. OneColorado argues in favor of the bill, saying it’s a matter of equality and of economic fairness. Focus on the Family argues against the bill, but not because it opposes civil unions, which it concedes most fair-minded people will support, but rather because it believes civil unions lead to legally recognized same-sex marriage.
“Civil unions are only the bait required to get fair-minded people to take the hook,” writes CitizenLink, the political action arm of Focus on the Family. “The big fish is same-sex marriage.”
According to recent surveys, Coloradans overwhelmingly agree with both sides in believing that civil unions are a fair solution to the problems of inequality faced by gay couples. The bad news for Focus on the Family is that, according to the same surveys, fewer and fewer Coloradans are worried about any eventual arrival of legally recognized gay marriage.
As the Colorado Independent reported in 2009, voting statistics champ Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com set up a model based on trends in 30 states to predict when voters might likely overturn gay marriage bans. He found that opponents of the 2006 Amendment 43 gay marriage ban in Colorado stand a very strong chance of repealing it in the 2012 election cycle.
A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 40 percent of Coloradans support gay marriage. The same poll found an additional 32 percent supported domestic partnership civil unions and only 25 percent of Coloradans opposed legal recognition of gay relationships.
OneColorado’s most recent call out:
Ask your legislators to support civil unions in Colorado!
Thousands of gay and lesbian couples all across the state are doing the hard work of building strong families, and yet these committed couples lack the tools they need to take care of and be responsible for each other. Civil unions will change that.
Civil unions will provide Colorado couples with critical legal protections and responsibilities. Protections like access to health insurance coverage, ability to make medical and end-of-life decisions, right to live together in a nursing home. Responsibilities like adoption and inheritance.
Making civil unions a reality in Colorado won’t be easy. Our elected officials need to know how important civil unions are to us. They need to hear from all fair-minded Coloradans who support civil unions.
Take action today — send a letter to your Representative and Senator, asking them to protect all families and support civil unions.
A recent release sent out by Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink:
Encourage Colorado Legislators to Vote against Civil Unions Bill
The Colorado Legislature is considering legalizing same-sex civil unions, and we need your help to encourage your state senator to vote against this legislation!
If civil unions are signed into law, Colorado will grant all the basic rights and privileges of marriage to same-sex couples, which is a concern since every time civil unions have been imposed, demands for same-sex marriage have followed. In fact, gay rights activists here in Colorado have made no secret that they want to overturn the 2006 state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. (Click here for the latest news story on this issue.)
“Coloradans can look at California to see that civil unions will never be enough,” said Jenny Tyree, marriage analyst for CitizenLink. “Civil union legislation is not a good compromise for protecting marriage. Civil unions are only the bait required to get fair-minded people to take the hook. The big fish is same-sex marriage.”
You can’t talk about civil unions without talking about same-sex marriage. The ultimate goal is always the same.
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In CT, where we passed a civil union law in 2005, and a marriage equality law in 2008, hundreds of couples come here to wed each year from all across the country. Congrats to all.
Cheers, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace,
Washington Green, CT USA
From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal.
The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors.
The American Anthropological Association confirms that keeping marriage for heterosexuals only is detrimental to our culture and heritage, and not essential for the preservation of our societal order.
America’s premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality. There is no further reason to discriminate, except ignorance or bigotry. SO WHY WOULD ANYONE FIGHT THIS??????
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