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21 November 2008

Florida bigots, feeling all flush after denying marriage to gay Floridians, now want to make sure they can't get domestic partner benefits at work, either.[More:] This is how the pattern usually goes. We saw it happen here in Georgia, too. Our Christian Coalition-backed state insurance commissioner finally got smacked down about it, though.
posted by sakura 21 November | 17:08
So tired. So tired of this.
posted by mudpuppie 21 November | 17:18
So much for the "it's not hate. We're just protecting marriage" lie.
posted by arse_hat 21 November | 17:39
Fucking Florida, stop this shit.
posted by goshling 21 November | 18:12
This is why I don't believe that accepting the compromise of calling gay marriages "civil unions" makes any difference.
posted by joannemerriam 21 November | 18:19
Separate but equal never works.
posted by Eideteker 21 November | 18:25
This is why I don't believe that accepting the compromise of calling gay marriages "civil unions" makes any difference.

Separate but equal never works.

posted by MonkeyButter 21 November | 18:30
Meanwhile, NJ lawsuit forces eHarmony to create a site for same sex dating.
posted by jessamyn 21 November | 18:52
Wow, that's interesting. I didn't think the eHarmony lawsuits would get anywhere, since finding a mate online isn't most people's idea of a fundamental civil right.

(I know the woman who filed the first suit, in CA. The funny thing is that she had recently split up with her longtime [cheating] partner, and she had profiles on virtually every single dating site available to her. She was going on two and three dates a night in some cases. It's not like her pool was small. But there is also the fact that it was lawyer friends of hers who convinced her to file the suit. So, you know.)
posted by mudpuppie 21 November | 18:57
They're just protecting the sacred tradition of domestic partnership, as enshrined in Judeo-Christian teachings for the past several thousand years.
posted by scody 21 November | 20:42
Ugh. I just. don't. get it.
posted by chewatadistance 21 November | 20:45
I just don't get these people - never have, never will.
posted by deborah 21 November | 21:13
Fucking Florida, stop this shit.

I wish it was JUST Florida, but it works this way in a lot of states. (As I said, we had the same thing happen here in Georgia, and I've read that Michigan did as well.)

Once they succeed in making you a second-class citizen, they can start fucking with your rights at will, just depending on how mean they feel that day. This is so not the country I thought I was a citizen of.
posted by BoringPostcards 21 November | 21:59
What gets me is that domestic partnerships encompass more than gay relationships. Many retired hetero couples set up households and have no desire for marriage. I wonder if AARP will say anything.
posted by Ardiril 22 November | 00:07
This is only directed against same sex domestic partnerships, Ardiril.

David Caton, executive director of the Florida Family Association, says he will seek a change to the Hillsborough County Charter in 2010 to pre-emptively ban same-sex benefits for county employees.

Apparently, this guy is one of your classic self-hating, born-again, sex-obsessed types who just can't stop thinking of gay sex, ever. This is his book: Overcoming the addiction to pornography: "Former porn addict outlines the steps to successfully overcome addiction to pornography."

As per usual, the lunatics seek to run the asylum. Why people are willing to go along with it is the head-scratcher.
posted by taz 22 November | 04:24
Hmm, hasn't that "same-sex" wording regarding arrangements other than marriage already been struck down by a federal appeals court? I was under the impression it had. States could not explicitly ban them but prevent them by not explicitly allowing them.
posted by Ardiril 22 November | 11:12
Just when I thought things were looking up. || This is not a Rick roll.