Gay couples in New Hampshire could be hitching up with the old ball and chain as early as January.
Couples who enter civil unions will have the same rights, responsibilities and obligations as married couples. Same-sex unions from other states also would be recognized if they were legal in the state where they were performed.
"I've listened and I've heard all the arguments," said (Gov. John) Lynch, a Democrat. "I do not believe that this bill threatens marriage. I believe that this is a matter of conscience and fairness."
Not only does gay marriage not threaten marriage. I think there's a fair argument that civil unions support marriage by encouraging a whole new group of citizens to pair off for eternity.
It's been years and years since I came out to my mom, but she still has fears of what will happen to me when I tell her we're going out to a bar or participating in a gay pride parade. It's stories like Sean Kennedy's that legitimize these fears. Kennedy's mom said earlier this week that she'll lobby for a hate crimes law in South Carolina.
Parker and her family are starting a nonprofit called "Sean's Last Wish," selling bracelets and passing out petitions to support the bill.
"It may not help Sean today, but I want it to help future victims that they can be assured that there is justice," Parker told WSPA.
Welcome to the first blog post at Gay Charleston, the Charleston City Paper's first dedicated foray into the big gay wired world. The sites going to be a little scrappy at first (my other blog takes enough of my work time as it is), but we'll be adding new contributors to fill the site and listing a host of resources for Charleston's gay and lesbian community. Enjoy.
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