>-----Original Message-----
>From: Steven Montgomery [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
>Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2004 10:48 AM
>Subject: RE: [ZION] Worth reiterating...

>But I thought you did support same sex civil unions. Am I

"Support" is probably not the right word, particularly given the
explosive baggage that has been attached to practically
everything in this debate.  I do not support extramarital sex of
any kind.

Here some issues that I'm mulling over at the moment:

1) The state should not attempt to define/sanction ordinances of
the church. The state should make laws that are consistent with
the U.S. Constitution. The church should "bless" what it chooses
to bless.

2) As I read the constitution, the tax codes (for example) must
ensure equal treatment under law for all people; special
treatments/exemptions should be applied in uniform and consistent
ways. No doubt certain kinds of well-defined domestic
partnerships are of benefit to the state and therefore should be
entitled to special taxation benefits/entitlements. Definitions
of same ought to crafted very carefully and applied uniformly.

3) Under  "common law" some of these protections -- property
rights especially -- are already available to "domestic partners"
of all kinds in Utah and other states.  These laws have been in
force for years and therefore should provide considerable legal
guidance as to how state/Federal partnership statutes should be

I will continue to think...and will appreciate receiving
relevant, thoughtful comments from any of you.


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