Argument: Civil unions would give gays all the benefits of marriage
Steve Swayne. "The Case for Federal Civil Unions." Independent Gay Forum. February 28, 2004: "Imagine a scenario where Congress passes a law that extends federal benefits to couples that are joined in a civil union. This would respond to those who argue that the only way to obtain federal benefits is through legal marriage and assuages those who want to leave the definition of marriage untouched."