Thursday, April 26, 2007

Kentucky, Unbridled Spirit: To Discriminate?

News from Kentucky:
Gov. Ernie Fletcher said he doesn't expect to call a special session of the General Assembly until after the May 22 primary election and confirmed that he's considering asking lawmakers to block public universities from offering domestic partner benefits to employees.

It seems those darn public universities want to offer domestic partner benefits to its unmarried opposite sex couples and "can't ever get married because we put it in the constitution" same sex couples. The university says they only wants to attract the best and the brightest (who wants to move to a state where they discriminate against a minority?) They want your tourism dollars though.

Even though Kentucky passed that ban on equal marriage that wasn't enough. It appears they want to make sure that any couple that can get married does and any couple banned from marriages gets no benefits EVER.

Fletcher said he is receiving "push-back" from Kentuckians who voted for a constitutional amendment in 2004 banning same-sex marriage. Gay and lesbian couples would benefit from domestic partnership benefits.

"At this point, yes, I don't support domestic partnership benefits for this reason: We're taking tax dollars from citizens who voted and said they don't support same-sex marriage and putting that into benefits that could be used to hold down tuition costs and other things," Fletcher said. "We're getting a lot of push-back from the citizens across the commonwealth."

Note to the Massachusetts Legislators: When these groups, such as the Vote on Marriage people, claim that it's about marriage, DON'T BELIEVE THEM. It's really about stripping every possible protection away from gay couples. They talk a kind and civil game but in reality they just want us gone.

AmericanBlog has a great summary:
I do find it amazing that the religious right claimed that these anti-gay state constitutional amendments (and the federal one) would have no impact on anything else other than gay marriage. Now we're finding out otherwise, from the horses' own mouths. Now they're telling us that when the states banned gay marriage they also banned providing health insurance, inheritance, hospital visitation and more to gay couples. Funny, but I don't recall hearing any of that when the religious right was pushing these things. Of course, we also know from Ohio that these state amendments have also outlawed domestic violence laws. I'm not kidding. Women who have been abused by their boyfriends, fiancees, etc., can now no longer seek the protection of domestic violence laws because in Ohio you can't be given rights unless you're married. Now we're talking targeting straight women who are victims of violence.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

1 comment:

cathy said...

Very thoughtful post, it does seem quite unfair.