He noted that homosexual couples in civil unions may lack up to 1,350 civil protections. That includes pension and health-care benefits.
There is no guarantee that the conflicted, yet Democratic dominated legislature will act on the bill in weeks or months or even this year.
Paterson put the issues to them as plainly as the Vermont lawmakers did when he said:
The timing was always right. It's just who is willing to take that step, and I am.I think it is, as other states are showing, the only ethical way to treat people who want to live together in peace under the civil law. So my general feeling about all these issues is the right ethical decision will inevitably be the right political decision.
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