David Furnish and Elton John via AP
Hear ye, hear ye! Sir Elton John is issuing his explanation of where those who opposed the passing of Prop 8, the Calif. measure to ban same-sex marriage, went wrong.
As one-half of a civil partnership himself since Dec. 2005 with long-time partner David Furnish, Elton seized the opportunity last week at his Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit to speak out on the controversial issue that's resulted in organized protests by both sides -- not just in California, but across the US.
"We are not married; let's get that right," Elton said of he and David. "We have a civil partnership. What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that [gay rights supporters]went for marriage. Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word 'marriage.' "
Elton continued, "I don't want to be married. I'm very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership."
"You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership," he explained. "Heterosexual people get married; we have civil partnerships."
But while civil unions mean the same thing across the board in the United Kingdom, in the US, its definition -- and range of rights -- differs from state to state.
Three states where civil unions offer the same benefits as marriage (without the label) are Vermont, New Hampshire, and New Jersey. These three currently offer civil unions that offer all of the state benefits of marriage, including unpaid leave from work to care for an ill spouse; social security survivor benefits; and the right not to testify against one's spouse -- among others.
Meanwhile, Oregon has a different name for a civil union -- domestic partnership -- but these are also granted the same state rights as marriage.
Then there are Maine and Washington, which offer domestic partnerships, but these states grant limited marital rights.
Finally, Massachusetts and Connecticut are currently the only two states where same-sex marriage is legal.
What do you think? Millennials like you are going to inherit these divided States -- comment below. Your opinion counts!
Then find out here what will happen to the same-sex partners who were legally wed before Prop 8 passed (we're talking Ellen and Portia, and more than 10,000 couples in California).