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A battle of substance

In his Oct. 6 commentary ("Same-sex union: right idea, wrong way"), Steve Chapman is mistaken when he says, "In practice, the domestic partner system is a close facsimile of civil unions, which are a close facsimile of marriage" and adds that "the battle is more about terminology than substance."

Civil unions do not get federal protection such as Social Security survivor benefits, and since civil unions have been recognized only at the state level, if a family relocates by choice (or is forced to relocate under job-related circumstances), a partner can lose access to health benefits if the state they move to does not recognize such civil unions.

The battle is more about substance than terminology.

Monique Frugier, Ardmore

Letter to the editor, Philadelphia Inquirer, Oct 11, 2005
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