November 29, 2006

LEGAL PROTECTION, NOT SOCIAL SANCTION:

N.J. bill calls for rights for gays, siblings (Associated Press, November 28, 2006)

Conservative groups in New Jersey are pushing a proposal that would grant the rights of marriage - but not the title - to gays, siblings and others involved in domestic partnerships. The plan comes in reaction to a landmark Supreme Court ruling last month that said gay couples in New Jersey should have access to the same rights and benefits as married couples. Whether to call those rights marriages, civil unions or something else was left up to lawmakers.

Under the conservatives’ plan, rights would be available to gay couples, relatives and other twosomes who are not eligible to marry, said Len Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council. Unrelated opposite-sex couples, who can legally marry, would not be eligible for the designation.

Smart for the Stupid Party.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 29, 2006 9:22 AM
Comments

But wait. What about unmarried heterosexual couples living together who are unable to marry because one or both of them is already married to someone else? Why should these public sinners be treated differently than the other public sinners?

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 29, 2006 10:01 AM

They shouldn't be if they enter into a contractual obligation.

Posted by: oj at November 29, 2006 10:02 AM

The real question is if the community pushing for this is ready for a backlash after the rights and benefits are taken from everyone. We have already see the fraud that becomes possible once this is law. The American response will be to remove the benefits and rights, so as to be fair to everyone. And let's talk now about the nightmare that roomates will become. When will the first common law "partnership" be dragged to court? People have really not thought this out. It will be fun to watch(Black humor) all the "couples" explode when the new rules come about.

Posted by: Robert Mitchell Jr. at November 29, 2006 10:39 AM

Don't forget Poochie. Or Uncle Sal in the urn on the mantle.

Posted by: Gideon at November 29, 2006 12:13 PM

Doesn't matter. NJ will have same-sex "marriage" within a few years (bet on 2009, so as to avoid causing a huge stink before the next election). Soon enough "domestic partnerships" and "civil unions" will be thrown out by any blue-state court that has any wiggle room to do so.

Posted by: b at November 29, 2006 12:35 PM

"other twosomes who are not eligible to marry" How about those 30 years old who moved back home to live with mom? Are they qualified?

Posted by: ic at November 29, 2006 2:00 PM
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