"Finally, I suspect that it is by entering that deep place inside us where our secrets are kept that we come perhaps closer than we do anywhere else to the One who, whether we realize it or not, is of all our secrets the most telling and the most precious we have to tell." Frederick Buechner
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Friday, December 11, 2009
Bishop Mark Beckwith on Marriage Equality
Gay New Jersey couples seek marriage rights
It's been three years since New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine signed the bill that created civil unions for same-sex couples. The move, mandated by a 2006 state Supreme Court ruling, was intended to extend all the same benefits and protections offered by the state for married couples to same-sex couples -- without calling the arrangement "marriage." Opponents of same-sex marriage said the law went too far, but supporters say civil unions amount to second-class rights. Gay couples are often denied health benefits or barred from visiting their partner in an emergency room - usually because hospital staff are unfamiliar with the civil union law. Opponents say marriage is defined by the union of a man and a woman and cannot be replicated by same-sex couples, but for committed, long-time couples - many of whom have raised families in New Jersey -- it is simply insulting to be denied the right to call their relationship a marriage. (Video by Nyier Abdou/The Star-Ledger)