Re: Transgender marriage

From: James Rogers (
Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 15:07:12 MST

On 1/15/02 1:28 PM, "Harvey Newstrom" <> wrote:
> However, in this case, New York has a law that requires domestic
> same-sex partners receive the same benefits as married heterosexual couples.

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. As a heterosexual, the only way
I can enjoy "domestic partner" status is to get married, with the monumental
load of crap that goes along with that. It is arguable that homosexuals
will actually get the better end of the deal under the various existing and
proposed domestic partner laws and regulations in many places.

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. I know a lot of heterosexual individuals who don't want to get
married but could benefit greatly from a domestic partnership structure in
the same way that homosexual individuals could.

-James Rogers

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