Location: Wisconsin, United States

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.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Sunday morning debate

I just caught the debate over the constitutional ban on civil unions, marriage and other protections for gay couples on Channel 3 this morning.

Joshua Freker from Fair Wisconsin and Rev. Curt Anderson from Christians for Equality did a good job, I thought. It was refreshing to see a discussion/debate and not a portrayal of only one side with nobody to answer until the following week or some such thing.

There was contentious argument about this amendment hurting real people in Wisconsin, which I'm glad didn't go too far - I couldn't believe that Appling, from the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin actually started an argument over who gets hurt worse by this amendment. (Her example was a couple who owns a business who doesn't want to be forced to provide health benefits to couples they don't support - I'd be curious to know more about this couple and their business and actually how many gay and lesbian people they have on their payroll, cause I'm guessing it's not many. As an aside, large companies have repeatedly found economic benefit in providing these type of benefits to families of all their employees - as someone who has domestic partner health benefits thru an employer, I can attest to the kind of loyalty that helps to encourage, despite the fact that the benefits are legally required by the IRS to be unequal.) In the face of stories about partners of 30 years being kept from one another during times of serious health crisis, Appling brings up this example of a situation that isn't even possible at any foreseeable point right now - the amendment would endanger all legal protections for gay and lesbian couples. We are hardly at a place where the state would be requiring all companies to provide equal benefits!

At any rate, nice job, Josh and Pastor Curt!


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