Created to guarantee opposite-gender (heterosexual) and same-gender (gay & lesbian) couples their birth right to love and equality through a legal union equivalent to marriage. Please read & sign this petition . . .
We the People of the United States of America, believe that as human beings love and equality are our birth right and therefore demand that State & Federal Governments create and pass a U.S. Civil Union Bill that will legally unite both opposite-gender (heterosexual) and same-gender (gay & lesbian) couples and these unions will be recognized in the District of Columbia, all of the 50 United States & U.S. Territories. The United States Civil Union Bill will also accept and recognize other civil unions, commitments, partnerships, etc. that are legally recognized from anywhere in the world.
We the People of the United States of America, believe that love and equality should not be limited by gender, age, income, race, appearance, color, disability, national origin or religious beliefs and as an Act of Congress, a Civil Union shall be non discriminatory and governed only by the State and not by the Church.
"...I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." - Thomas Jefferson - a letter to the Danbury Baptists Association in 1802.
We the People of the United States of America, understand that by granting opposite-gender and same-gender couples the right to be united in love through a Civil Union Ceremony that they will receive the same current rights and responsibilities, plus any future mandates written, that married couples already have or will receive in the future by the fullest extent of the law.
Filing joint income tax returns with the IRS and state taxing authorities.
Creating a "family partnership" under federal tax laws, which allows you to divide business income among family members.
Estate Planning Benefits:
Inheriting a share of your partner's estate.
Receiving an exemption from both estate taxes and gift taxes for all property you give or leave to your partner.
Creating life estate trusts that are restricted to married/civil union couples, including QTIP trusts, QDOT trusts, and marital/civil union deduction trusts.
Obtaining priority if a conservator needs to be appointed for your partner -- that is, someone to make financial and/or medical decisions on your partner's behalf.
Receiving Social Security, Medicare, and disability benefits for partners.
Receiving veterans' and military benefits for partners, such as those for education, medical care, or special loans.
Receiving public assistance benefits.
Obtaining insurance benefits through a partner's employer.
Taking family leave to care for your partner during an illness.
Receiving wages, workers' compensation, and retirement plan benefits for a deceased partner.
Taking bereavement leave if your partner or one of your partner's close relatives dies.
Visiting your partner in a hospital intensive care unit or during restricted visiting hours in other parts of a medical facility.
Making medical decisions for your partner if he or she becomes incapacitated and unable to express wishes for treatment.
Consenting to after-death examinations and procedures.
Making burial or other final arrangements.
Filing for stepparent or joint adoption.
Applying for joint foster care rights.
Receiving equitable division of property if you divorce.
Receiving spousal or child support, child custody, and visitation if you divorce.
Living in neighborhoods zoned for "families only."
Automatically renewing leases signed by your partner.
Receiving family rates for health, homeowners', auto, and other types of insurance.
Receiving tuition discounts and permission to use school facilities.
Other consumer discounts and incentives offered only to married couples or families.
Other Legal Benefits and Protections:
Suing a third person for wrongful death of your partner and loss of consortium (loss of intimacy).
Suing a third person for offenses that interfere with the success of your civil union, such as alienation of affection and criminal conversation (these laws are available in only a few states).
Claiming the civil union communications privilege, which means a court can't force you to disclose the contents of confidential communications between you and your partner during your civil union.
Receiving crime victims' recovery benefits if your partner is the victim of a crime.
Obtaining immigration and residency benefits for noncitizen partner.
Visiting rights in jails and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family.
Rights & Responsibilities...
We wish to thank our sponsors for their generous contributions and support, so that we may continue to strive for equality.