Garden State Equality applauds Governor Corzine for writing to the chairman of UPS
Statement of Garden State Equality chair Steven Goldstein:
Garden State Equality applauds Governor Corzine for writing to the chairman of UPS today calling on the company to offer benefits to civil-unioned couples in. Once again, the Governor proves himself to be a compassionate leader and champion of civil rights for all.
The problem, however, is that writing to companies won't solve the epidemic of inequality inthat the civil unions law has caused. The only way to fix a failed law is actually to fix the law.
As of today, 193 couples have told Garden State Equality that their employers are not recognizing their civil unions. The state reports that 1,359 couples have gotten civil-unioned in since the law took affect on February 19, 2007. That's a failure rate of 1 in every 7, at least.
It wouldn't matter if the legislature screams until it's blue in the face about the intention of the civil unions law. Imagine if the legislature passed a law declaring that cubic zirconias – the synthetic diamond substitutes available on home shopping channels – shall now be considered equal to real diamonds.
Would the people of law? Of course not, and it wouldn't matter if the law had all the pages in the world mandating equal value. ever accept that
In his letter today to UPS, the Governor points out what powerful symbolism it would be for UPS to grant benefits to civil-union partners even if Federal law provides a loophole. We agree with the power of symbols. That's why the symbolism of the label "marriage" for same-sex couples would go a long way toward solving the inequality they continue to endure.
Why? Many companies point to a provision in Federal law that allows them to ignore the laws of various states that recognize same-sex relationships. Yet the recently did an investigation in which it reported that companies in hardly ever use federal law as an excuse to deny equal benefits to same-sex couples married in that state.
Companies in - thankfully robbed of nomenclature of "civil unions" to hide behind - are choosing not to use Federal law to discriminate because the companies would have to admit they discriminate against gay people because they're gay.
Same-sex couples married in , as that state’s law allows, are getting equality. Civil-unioned couples in are not.
It proves that civil unions just don't work in the real world. Marriage is the only currency of commitment the real world consistently accepts. And the only way to will ever see equality is to give same-sex and opposite sex couples the same freedom to marry.