because civil unions do not afford them the right to visit their partners in the hospital as hetro couples can.<br><br>If the laws of every state were to change to afford equal rights of civil unions and marriages then this would be a non issue<br><br>
Giz, not to single you out but AIDS effects way more stright people then gay people:<br><br>link to articles and number<br><br><br>AIDS and Development: Facts and Figures<br><br>The State of the Epidemic<br><br><br><br>UNAIDS figures released in July 2004 show that:<br>An estimated 37.8 million (between 34.6 million and 42.3 million) people were living with HIV worldwide in 2003<br>In 2003, an estimated 4.8 million (between 4.2 million and 6.3 million) people were newly infected with HIV<br>About 95 percent of people living with HIV and AIDS are in low and middle income countries<br>About 7 percent of the people in low and middle income countries who need anti-retroviral drugs actually received them in 2003.<br><br>Figures released in 2003 estimated that the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in each region was as follows:<br><br>Australia and New Zealand<br><br>15,000<br><br>Caribbean<br><br>470,000<br><br>East Asia and Pacific<br><br>1,000,000<br><br>Europe and Central Asia<br><br>1,500,000<br><br>Latin America<br><br>1,600,000<br><br>Middle East and North Africa<br><br>600,000<br><br>North America<br><br>995,000<br><br>South and South-East Asia<br><br>6,400,000<br><br>Sub-Saharan Africa<br><br>26,600,000<br><br>Western Europe<br><br>600,000<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>because civil unions do not afford them the right to visit their partners in the hospital as hetro couples can.<p><hr></blockquote><p>So, all this fuss is over hospital visitation rights?<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I think the argument is why is there a reason to exclude them? There is no reason to exclude them.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Because they're not hetrosexual, so they can't get married. It's been that way for thousands of years. Now we're starting to go down a slippery slope. <br><br>I think of it this way. I am not a veteran, so I do not get vereran's benefits. I do not feel discriminated against because I don't get these benefits. And if for some reason, I DID get veteran's benefits, that does NOT make me a veteran.<br><br><br><br>
No thats one area, there are many others that are denied unless you have a Marriage certificate, civil unions dont count. so either let everyone get married or change the current laws to recognize civil unions the same as married ones. then people that feel marriage is threatened can still have their hetro marriages but it wont discriminate against those with civil unions<br><br>
My point was that sometimes people don't get benefits of another group, and it's not discrimination. We are not not EXACTLY equal. <br><br>Are gays gonna cry discrimination because they want to be called hetrosexual too?<br><br>If they want equal treatment, they'll have to give up gay pride week, and all those parades too - you know, because there's no "straight-pride" week, or straight parades. No, that would be discriminatory. <br><br>Can you see the hypocracy here?<br><br>
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If you want my take, the government should butt out of marriages all together. As in, no tax breaks or benefits for any married people.<br><br>The government doesn't belong there, and considering the divorce rate, folks shouldn't be punished for wishing to remain single.<br><br>
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