str8hardbody saidThe VOTERS had spoken & PASSED the Prop 8 we have to deal with it. even you protest & rally you can't do anything about it unless we vote again. We should respect the decision of the VOTERS!
Obviously, the voters have spoken. The point is that they spoke for bigotry. This is not over and if you wont support your community, then just stay out of it. We don't need anyone bringing us down and telling us we're not good enough, much less one of our own. We will continue the fight, and we will win. I was born equal, and I will die equal.
As to the question at hand...no, the civil unions were not the same as marriage. Property rights, and those that come with a real marriage, were not equal.
People keep on asking, "What's the difference between a civil union and marriage?" The answer - family & blood. A married couple differs because they are recognized as blood relatives, a real family when rights are considered...even if they don't share the same relatives, their union is a union in blood. Civil unions grant some rights, but do not grant all that we should be allowed as other US couples are allowed.