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Saturday, December 24, 2005

12/24/05 - News Clips - Legislative committee OKs civil unions bill

Source: Greenwich Time - Greenwich, Conn.
Author: Tobin A. Coleman; Staff Writer

...The victory is complicated because Love Makes a Family, the gay rights group most active on the issue, has said nothing less than a law granting full marriage rights for gays is acceptable. The group has vowed to lobby against the bill passed yesterday that would allow gay couples to form civil unions, nearly identically to the law in Vermont...

...Love Makes a Family President Anne Stanback said she has mixed feelings because many of the lawmakers who voted for civil unions said during the debate that they wanted to vote for a full marriage bill, but went for civil unions instead because they did not think a gay marriage bill has a chance to pass the General Assembly this year....

..."I do have mixed feelings . . . because of the really wonderful tone of the debate in support of marriage and very explicitly stating civil unions is not enough," Stanback said. "While we don't support civil union we would ask them to support us as we move forward with our marriage struggle."...

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