Wednesday, February 15, 2006

i agree, NOT special rights, EQUAL RIGHTS

Gay couples seek marriage licenses in 'equality campaign'
By Cara Rubinsky, Associated Press Writer February 14, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. --For the third consecutive Valentine's Day, George Chien and Julio Flores were denied a marriage license Tuesday.
"Separate is not equal. Our relationship is not second class," Chien said at a news conference outside Hartford City Hall Tuesday morning. "We're asking not for special rights. We're asking for equal rights."
Gay couples across the United States asked for marriage licenses at their city and town halls Tuesday as part of an annual marriage equality campaign sponsored by the Metropolitan Community Church, the nation's largest predominantly gay Christian church.
Cindi Love, executive director of the national church, said she expected more than 1,000 couples from 237 churches in 47 states to participate.
In Connecticut, this is the first Valentine's Day that gay couples are eligible for civil unions, which give them the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples. But many say that's not good enough.
"Civil unions still demean gay couples by saying our love is not equal or on par with the love of straight couples, and we find that demeans our relationships and ourselves as human beings," said Frank O'Gorman, director of the Hartford-based group People of Faith............

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