Will Domestic Partnership Ordinances Sway Voters in November?

Take our poll: Have your views on this issue evolved over the past year?

One year ago today, the . Since then, nine couples have put their names on the registry.

The ordinance allowed long-term heterosexual and same-sex couples to register their relationships, giving those couples recognition in the city and supplying them with various benefits families often have.

, but others believed a city ordinance would provide Richfield's legislative representatives more leverage when tackling the issue at the state level.

Now, as Minnesotans debate whether to , more cities are continuing to pass domestic partnership laws. Have your views of this issue evolved over the past year since Richfield adopted the registry?

David Haines February 14, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Since 1993, homosexuals have been allowed to serve openly in the Israeli military, including special units. This is change in the initial policy, which tended to view homosexuality as a mental illness. Was this cultural suicide for them? They still seem to be one of the best militaries in the world, along with the US. Countries that allow gay people to serve: If to allow something is to encourage it as your suggest, then have all of these countries just gone ahead and committed cultural suicide within their military? 1.1 Albania 1.2 Argentina 1.3 Australia 1.4 Austria 1.5 Bahamas 1.6 Belgium 1.7 Bermuda 1.8 Canada 1.9 Republic of China 1.10 Colombia 1.11 Croatia 1.12 Czech Republic 1.13 Denmark 1.14 Estonia 1.15 Finland 1.16 France 1.17 Germany 1.18 Greece 1.19 Republic of Ireland 1.20 Israel 1.21 Italy 1.22 Japan 1.23 Lithuania 1.24 Luxembourg 1.25 Malta 1.26 Netherlands 1.27 New Zealand 1.28 Norway 1.29 Peru 1.30 Philippines 1.31 Poland 1.32 Romania 1.33 Russia 1.34 Serbia 1.35 Slovenia 1.36 South Africa 1.37 Spain 1.38 Sweden 1.39 Switzerland 1.40 Thailand 1.41 United Kingdom 1.41.1 Current policy 1.41.2 Recent events 1.42 United States 1.43 Uruguay
David Haines February 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I cut and pasted the list so forgive the formatting please.
Stephen Parsons February 14, 2012 at 04:57 PM
If by "Dannemeyer" you are referring to former Congressman William Dannemeyer of Orange County, CA, I question the trustworthiness and agenda of your source. Dannemeyer has/had a fetish about homosexuality. He also attempted to block federal funding of evolution-related exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution in 1982, and pushed for easing the separation of church and state. In 1990 he was one of twenty representatives to vote against the Americans with Disabilities Act. He objected to the use of federal funds to study the AIDS problem, but advocated the use of federal funds to determine the extent of homosexuality in the USA.
David Haines February 14, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Heterosexual relationships are not all "Sunshine and lollipops', "caviar wishes and champagne dreams" either. Relationships of both types take work and will always have their ups and downs.
Kevin O'Donovan February 14, 2012 at 09:32 PM
David, I would oppose attempt to disguise "Marriage" under softer more easily palatable terms such as "Civil Union". The modification of language through the redefinition of terms, phrases, and words promotes confusion, and chaos.It inevitably leads to frustration, mistrust, an inability to communicate effectively, rage, rebellion and sometimes violence. As you know, not all discrimination is unjust. Every choice we make is an exercise of proper, lawful discrimination. I believe that there are many noble individuals who suffer from same sex attraction. We all have our challenges. It is how we acknowledge them in ourselves, and deal with them, that is often what makes us weaker or stronger. An alcoholic who maintains sobriety is a fair example. There are ample legal tools available, for anyone to form economic partnerships, to communicate extraordinary benefits from one person to another, or to assume mutual binding responsibilities. Marriage is between one man and one woman. Weakness is not always a crime, but it is not the ideal. Those who support the "Marriage Amendment" see it as a defensive act to acknowledge and preserve what is best. It is not as an offensive act that Intends to persecute. I am also opposed to divorce, particularly "No Fault Divorce" and "No Fault" auto insurance, If we remove the exercise of sound judgement and reasonable consequences from society, how are we any better than a pack of wolves? We need to provide children an example of what's best.


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