AN ARGUMENT AGAINST CIVIL UNIONS
P1. Civil unions exclusively between unrelated same-sex couples will likely lead to civil unions between unrelated opposite-sex couples
P2. Civil unions between unrelated opposite-sex couples should not be permitted
C. Therefore civil unions exclusively between unrelated same-sex couples should not be permitted
Civil unions are by their very nature, arbitrary. Why are civil unions limited to same-sex couples, limited to two people, limited to a lifelong time period, and limited to not closely related couples?
Because of their arbitrary nature, they exclude different groups who equally seek the same benefits such as
- Same sex throuples
- Same sex siblings
- Opposite sex couples
Without any principled reason for excluding other relationship types, we would expect that over time civil unions would become more inclusive.