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Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 03/ 4/2011

Civil unions for all?

By Todd Eberly

In a report at MyFoxDC, Prince George's Del. Tiffany Alston position has been clarified considerably. Alston wishes to do away with marriage altogether, and have Maryland recognize only civil unions.

"I believe, as a government, we should issue something that is the same for everybody ... And I think, if we wanted to issue a license to everybody and call it a civil union license. And then everybody in the state -- whether heterosexual or homosexual - would get the same exact license."

This position clarification makes clear that she recognizes that it would be discriminatory to have marriage for one group and civil unions for another -- there would be no separate-but-equal issue, as I wrote about yesterday. But have we really come to this? Is Alston really saying that she would rather see "marriage" cease to exist in Maryland than extend the right to marry to same sex couples? Following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision ending racial segregation in public schools, many state and local governments resisted integration. The Virginia Assembly passed laws allowing the governor to close integrated schools. In Prince Edward, Va., every public school in the county was closed to avoid integration.

This is just not the path we should be following.

[Continue reading Todd Eberly's post at The FreeStater Blog.]

Todd Eberly blogs at The FreeStaterBlog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Todd Eberly  | March 4, 2011; 10:57 AM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, same-sex marriage  
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Yea, Whatever. Not much substance to this topic. Way to much discussion over the use of a word.

Posted by: DennisSmolak | March 6, 2011 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Civil unions for all, yes. And ending such a union should be less tortuous than ending a marriage in MD. Like it's the state's business to throw up roadblocks for citizens' personal decisions.

Posted by: vmax02rider | March 6, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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