2006/12/04

Domestic Partner Benefits For Everyone!

Some days I wonder if living in the Bay Area could be any more dull politically. We never figure in national elections. No municipality votes more homogeneously than San Francisco, and we're totally ignored by politicians at every level because they gain nothing by campaigning here. But on other days, I get to say..."Gee living here is great!" Today is one of those days because Carol Migden, Babylon by the Bay's state Senator, resubmitted universal domestic partner benefits to the California legislature.

Just to fill you in on how things work out here on the Left Coast: California already makes domestic partner benefits available to gay and lesbian couples, as well as to heterosexual couples where at least one partner is over the age of 62. Migden's legislation would expand that benefit to all heterosexual couples and is designed to cope with the reality of many couples raising children out of wedlock.

Predictably conservatives are going crazy and are accusing Senator Migden of encouraging couples not to marry and of placing governor Schwarzenegger in an untenable position. He may have to veto what will probably be a very popular piece of legislation. Oh my! But then again, who cares what conservative cranks in this state think. We're expanding rights here. Migden is our state Senator. She's a lesbian. She's a progressive. We really like her, and you can't have her! Hahaha--HAHAHA (insert more evil laughing here).

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I feel like I don't matter where I live, but for opposite reasons. It is so conservative and whacko, that we elected a nutjob who says she gets "hot for God" and belongs to a church that thinks the Pope is the antichrist.
Whoa, Me4, that sounds pretty bad.

I'm in the red-state-minded NE Oregon, and it isn't QUITE that bad, but it isn't far from it.

K, here is hoping that your neighbor state to the north will ultimately see the light and have similar legislation in place to that of CA.

Migden sounds like a keeper to me... !
Getting married just for the benefits is a stupid reason to get married. No wonder the divorce rates are so high in this country. perhaps this will help to lower it.
Hey Snave, Me4Prez is from Minnesnowta. So do you mean Canada? Think they already do have universal domestic partner benefits. Don't they?

Nope, I want Oregon to get 'em. So I can sell my flat here, move to Portland and live like a silly king'e.

Me4Prez, I didn't know the area around St. Cloud was so conservative. Mucho familia (in-laws) around St. Cloud and they all seem to be pretty reasonable people.

Lew that's a well taken point. CA already has a lower divorce rate than many red states. Not as low as Massachusetts, but then what state could?
Sinners!

Repent!!

LOL. Sorry, I couldn't do it with a straight face. I really tried.
Me4Prez said...
I feel like I don't matter where I live, but for opposite reasons. It is so conservative and whacko, that we elected a nutjob who says she gets "hot for God" and belongs to a church that thinks the Pope is the antichrist.


I, too, hadn't realized that MN was turning that direction.

Signed - Feeling yer pain in Indiana
Some days I wonder if living in the Bay Area could be any more dull politically.
I hear you. All we out here on the right coast heard, was "San Francisco values" for about six months.:) After carrying the national torch, everyday life probably is boring.:)

And if y'all want some REAL liberal living, come on down here to S.C.! We have it all.:P We have an annual "book blessing" that's attended by pre-school to college level. Our insurance agent asked us "do you have a church?" as we were transferring our policies. As did the Cable Store. As did the cable installer. As did the alarm installer. As did the cell phone store.

But best of all, we finally got this state on God's chosen path. We passed a no gay marriage law! That'll take care of that gay problem!!

Never mind, no gay couple, male or female, has EVER applied to be married in S.C.!

And of course we don't have a church!! Where the hell would we put it?????? Sigh.....(:
PT...I'm sure that they'll repent their folly all the way to the bank.

John I'm with you. Having lived in Minnesota, I get really nervous when I hear about too much evangelical nonsense creeping into the land 10,000 lakes (and a few kooks).

TFWY, you know I was in your fair state for a vacation not two months ago. Beautiful, serene, pastoral even. Who knew you all were such wackjobs! (I kid. I KID!)
Minnesota itself is pretty good and mostly liberal. There are a lot of liberals around here, but we are outnumbered by double digit percentages and for the most part like in other more conservative areas, the conservative voices are loud.

As a state, I don't see the same sex marriage ban ever coming up, but the nut that just got elected in the 6th was the biggest proponent of the amendment. The 6th is only even closely balanced because it covers some of the northern suburbs of Minneapolis.
Good for Carol. She put Arnold between a rock and a hard place.

We've already begun a letter writing campaign.
Me4Prez, I agree with you. I don't think Minnesotans would go for something so obviously discriminatory.

Granny, I'm thinking "a hurt locker". But you're so right...good for Carol!

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