Theodore Olson (former Soliciter General under President George W. Bush) and Eric Schneiderman (Attorney General of New York) have authored an editorial in the New York Daily News calling upon the State of New York to extend marriage equality to gay and lesbian couples.
In their op-ed The civil union bait-and-switch: Compromise is far from true marriage equality they reject civil unions - now being offered as a compromise by those opposing same-sex marriage in New York - as unworkable and unfair. They note that many employers, hospitals, schools and other institutions refuse to treat couples in civil unions the same as married couples, and that laws creating civil unions for gay and lesbian couples has led to confusion as to their status:
ï»¿A civil union is not a marriage, nor is it an adequate substitute for one. To suggest otherwise is a cruel fiction. Even if all of the inherent confusion and complexities could be resolved and civil unions could somehow provide couples with the same rights and responsibilities of a true marriage, the separation of the two institutions creates a badge of inferiority that forever stigmatizes the relationships of committed same-sex couples as different, separate, unequal and less worthy.
There is simply no rational reason to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.