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Title Houston Voice, No. 1018, April 28, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date April 28, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • APRIL 28, 2000 NEWS 11 Peter Harrigan (left) and Stan Bake, one of three same-sex couples who sued after they were denied marriage licenses, watched the Vermont legislature debate a 'civil union' bill that won final passage on Tuesday. certified by a judge, justice of the peace or clergy member. Gay couples in Vermont will ultimately receive all of the same benefits as married heterosexuals, including automatic inheritance rights, hospital visitation, the right to make medical decisions for a partner, the right to be treated as an economic unit for state tax purposes, the ability to obtain joint policies of insurance and joint credit and parenting rights Couples who split up and end their "civil union," called a "dissolution" in the new law, will have rights similar to those in divorce, including methods for equitable property division, child custody and support. "The law applies to private parties as well, and discrimination against parties to a civil union is considered both marital status and sexual orientation-discrimination," according to GLAD. But the state action has no effect on federal programs like Social Security benefits. Moreover, the federal government and 30 states now have laws denying recognition to same-sex marriages, and Alabama's attorney general said this week that his state's gay marriage ban would ban recognition of "civil unions," too. Gay rights advocates have vowed to file legal challenges against other states' refusal to recognize Vermont unions, citing the U.S. Constitution's guarantee to "full faith and credit" of each state's laws. The Associated Press and the Rutland Herald contributed to this report. What does a 'civil union1 look like? Some of the key benefits that would be offered to gay and lesbian couples under the civil union bill passed by the Vermont legislature this week: • Property Partners would be entitled to joint title, transfer from one to the other on death, and property transfer tax benefits. • Adoption Civil union partners would be entitled to all the protections and benefits available when adopting a child. Same- sex couples already are allowed under Vermont law to adopt, but the laws would reflect that those couples would be treated as spouses. • Insurance State employees in civil unions would be treated as spouses for insurance or continuing care contracts. • Health care Medical decisions that someone can now make for a spouse also could be made by those in a civil union. Hospital visitation and notification would be treated similarly. • Lawsuits Someone in a civil union would be able to sue for the wrongful death of a partner, the emotional distress caused by partner's death or injury, and the loss of consortium caused by death or injury. • Probate Probate law and procedures related to spouses would flow to civil union partners. • Abuse Parties to a civil union would qualify for various abuse programs as spouses. • Discrimination Laws prohibiting discrimination based on marital status would apply to civil union couples. • Compensation Provisions in victims' compensation and workers' compensation related to spouses also would apply to civil union partners. • Testimony Partners in a civil union could not be compelled to testify against one another, just as spouses cannot be forced to do. • Definitions State laws that confer benefits or rights to people based on their marital or family status—such as family landowner rights to hunt and fish or definitions of family farmers—would be broadened to recognize civil unions. —Source: Associated Press Premier Paging and Wireless' FREE SPREE FREE PHONE • ACTIVATION • VOICE MAIL CALLER ID • FIRST INCOMING MINUTE TRUE PER-SECOND BILLING Just Choose Your Phone, a We Deliver Direct to You! 4i3^- You called. ^£f57fflaa\W We answered." Houston's Trusted Name in Communications Premier PAGING 8 WIRELESS 281-575-8500 12220 Murphy Road ■ w*vw.co//premier.com •InJIw FV '»t«.d M<| or /%\ Education Retirement /Hr\ m Advisors AJviMis /R Building futures. The return on some investments is impossible to measure. XAXA ADVISORS Building Futures George Hawkins 777 Post Oak Blva\ Suite 450 . 713-402-6425 gedrge.hawkins@axa-advisors.com GE-M-a*? I'WI) AXA AdWior,, ac N |HM|^_
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