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March 02, 2005

Good News Everyone!

Local marriage equality leaders decided not to resist the legislative committee's civil union bill and, to add icing to the cake, our Republican governor intends to sign the bill into law. Short of our legislators getting usurped, the bill will likely become law.

I'm pleased. Last autumn, one of the candidates running for state office knocked on my door, introduced himself, and asked if we had any concerns. I gave him a polite earful of two things: services for the disabled (into which my son has entered the adult ranks) and marriage equality. I told him we had a lot of gay and lesbian friends and I wanted them to have the same legal benefits as I.

Granted, civil unions aren't marriages. But they do provide a path to secure equality rights and the stamp of legal legitimacy. Today, I have hope. Hell, even Kansas voters rejected a referendum and candidate over anti-bias issues. Maybe tolerance is spreading here like democracy in the Middle East!

Oh! Sorry about going Futurama, there, in the headline. Couldn't help myself.

posted by debrahyde at 03-02-2005 12:00:00AM
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