Thursday, March 22, 2007

Narcissism v. Compromise

Couples Not Rushing to Civil Unions in New Jersey - New York Times: "Charles Paragian, a dance instructor in Little Ferry who with his partner of 17 years adopted five children from foster care, called the civil union “bread crumbs” compared with same-sex marriage.

“I don’t want my children to learn to settle for anything,” said Mr. Paragian, 44. “It’s a Jim Crow law, it’s two separate water fountains, it’s not equal, we just don’t agree with it.”

New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled in October that gay couples were entitled to all the rights and benefits of their heterosexual counterparts, but left it to the Legislature as to what to call the relationships. Since the law creating civil unions was enacted, gay-rights advocates have promised to continue pressing for marriage."