Prop.8 – a dramatic enactment

Let’s say there’s a lesbian couple living in San Diego (I would be gobsmacked to learn there were no lesbian couples there, honestly); we’ll call them Liza and Louise.  Liza works for a financial advising company downtown, while Louise works for Dell.  They have been dating for seven years and have often discussed how great it would be to get married.  Suddenly one morning, Liza grabs a newspaper and rejoices to find that gay marriage is now legal in California!  Louise grabs her car keys and the two fly out the door, headed for City Hall to file for a marriage license.  Oh happy day!  I bought them a blender and did the chicken dance at their wedding.  The cake was good.

                Now Liza and Louise live happily in the suburbs and are getting ready to celebrate their fourth wedding anniversary.  One day, Louise comes home from work with some troubling news: Dell has decided that they desperately need her to move to their headquarters in Austin, Texas as soon as possible.  Much discussion ensues, and the couple decides that her career is solid and she should take the job in Austin.  Plans are made, movers are called, boxes are packed.  Texas, ho!

                Now in Texas, Liza and Louise go about getting their lives set up again in their new home.  They’ll need new insurance (insurance doesn’t cross state lines, fyi), a mortgage, tax information and so forth.  But then a problem arises: you see all of this was so easy in California where a married couple can do all this stuff together.  But Texas does not recognize the marriage of Liza and Louise as legal.  They have suddenly lost all legal benefits that come with being married!

                Liza can no longer sign documents as “spouse,” there will be no more filing of taxes as “married,” Louise cannot be named Liza’s “next of kin” in the event of an emergency.  “Family only” visiting at the hospital where Liza may someday need treatment will not allow Louise to visit her.  It’s a mess! 

                I know, I know, it’s awfully dramatic for such a nonsensical blog as this, but I hope you’ve gotten my point.  I am all for gay rights, and I honestly think it’s absolutely ridiculous that we even need to have a discussion on whether or not homosexuals should have the same rights as everyone else.  They are everyone else.  They aren’t some bizarre subculture that only comes out for full moons and midnight productions of Rocky Horror.  They are just regular old people. 

                This may seem like a pretty random tangent, but I just wanted to give what is really a real-world type of problem that faces the fight for legalization of gay marriage.  Broad legal issues within California and without must all be addressed before either side can truly claim victory.  I’m glad to see that most people understand my view and aren’t hating on me for just pointing out some of the facts.  And, true to my prediction, an appeal was filed this morning with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  This is far from over, so everyone needs to just stick to their guns and keep their eyes on the prize. 

                The prize is cake, right?

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