From: Lee Daniel Crocker (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 17:04:21 MST
> One of the things that really irritates me about this particular trend
> as it is being implemented across several States, is that in virtually
> all cases the "domestic partner" laws only cover same-sex partners. This
> is really just piling one inequity on top of another...
> If we are going to have the State implementing these kinds of laws at all,
> I think we should ditch marriage laws altogether and replace it with some
> form of flexible domestic partnership scheme that doesn't have so much
> historical baggage.
Better yet, replace it with nothing at all, and allow private contracts
to handle such things. As you point out, extending legal marriage to
same-sex couples is just a band-aid on the cancerous tumor that is the
cultural institution of marriage. It fails to cover many other cases
where I should have the same rights: say my sister and I want to share
a household, file taxes jointly, adopt a child, make medical decisions
for each other, etc. Even same-sex domestic partnership laws don't
cover that. How about myself and three lovers who want to start a
Heinlein-esque "line" family? There is simply no rational position
on the issue other than that the government should butt out entirely.
-- Lee Daniel Crocker <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.piclab.com/lee/> "All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past, are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC
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