Religion aside, should there be a mechanism in our society for people to share assets and achieve survivorship when one partner dies? Yes, there should be. I feel it is unfortunate that such a mechanism comes with the religious underpinnings of "marriage," but that is the vehicle by which civil unions are made and exceptions for lifestyles and life choices that some individuals find disagreeable does nothing but fiscally punish those who are homosexual and who want to be able to make decisions for their partners when those partners are incapacitated. How much does it cost to get married at the County Clerk's office, versus how much it costs to get the lawyers to draft powers of attorney and the other requisite documentation that is wholly unnecessary when the county recognizes two people as married?
Sunday, October 26, 2008
California Proposition 8 equals hate
I've been working on some posters to campaign against California's Proposition 8 which will put into the California constitution a line along the lines of, "Marriage is only recognized as being between a man and a woman." While I am not a big fan of the institution myself, I don't believe that it's up to the state to encode the fundamentalist Christian thoughts on this issue into the constitution which at present is silent on the topic of marriage.