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I'm an ex-fundamentalist PK (Preacher's Kid) gone good. I live in Wisconsin with my partner of almost 5 years. We hope to be adding to our family in the near future. Currently, my hot topic of interest is the proposed constitutional ban on civil unions and marriage for gay and lesbian folks in Wisconsin. I love Wisconsin and have no interest in living anywhere else, but I feel slapped in the face almost daily by those who are pushing this amendment that could threaten all legal protections for gay families and which will affect my family personally. My blog will likely be focused on this issue - might throw in a bit of other things just for kicks though.

Friday, January 06, 2006

The threat revealed...

It's been said over at No On the Amendment and on Marc Pocan's site, but it bears repeating - the evidence is clear that this is no mere "defense of marriage" amendment - this is a move to permanently deny legal protections and other benefits of any type to gay and lesbian families - it's not about marriage, it's about gay people and some folks who don't like who we are or who we love.

Appling, the director of Family Research Institute of Wisconsin, may couch her support of the amendment in language of defense of an institution and tradition and say that it's not about denying gay people rights, but it is. And she made that clear in a recent State Journal article when she came out as opposed to the dental insurance program for state employees being opened to domestic partners - at absolutely zero cost to the taxpayer.

The program as it stands allows an employee to purchase - completely at their own expense and with no tax benefit whatsoever - dental insurance for their partner.

The comments by Appling and by Rep. Gottlieb make it the intent behind the amendment clear:

If they can't even sit still for gay couples being allowed to purchase dental insurance out of their own pockets for their families, then this is about more than a "defense of marriage". I hope they at least have the integrity to drop the evasive language and be honest about what they know to be a threat to all current and potential future protections for gay families...

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Blogger Tim said...

Who sets up these 'Family Institutes' anyway? Who funds them? It would be interesting to find out.

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