Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Bob, should we register for His & His towels now?

The Cali Supreme Court finally did something right and let the domestic partner law stand.

The domestic partner law, signed in 2003 by then-Gov. Gray Davis (who also did something right 4 once), represents the nation's most comprehensive recognition of gay domestic rights, short of the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts and civil unions in Vermont and Connecticut.

The Campaign for California Families, along with state Sen. Pete Knight, challenged the law, saying it undermines Proposition 22 - the 2000 initiative that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Knight, a Republican who died after the lawsuit was filed, was the author of that measure, which passed with 61 percent of the vote. But the high court left intact an appeals court ruling that said that Proposition 22's language is clearly limited to "marriage," not domestic partnerships.

Now I'm am all for domestic partnerships. Initially I was for gay marriage, but at the same time I do see the point of differentiating between marriage (a man and a woman) and a partnership (man/man or woman/woman).....I just think it boils down to rights. Call the instituion or "marriage", or act itself, whateva you want. But I think it's messed up when I could see my husband in the hosiptal when Bob can't see Joe just because he's not his spouse in the eyes of the public or the law. Or that Joe isn't considered a spouse and therefore cannot receive any of Bob's benefits.

*knockin on wood alot*


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