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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Not Ave, But Just As Tragic

Steadfast in my commitment to make Fumare "Ave-Free," I choose to report instead on this tragic development in family law: Washington State's new law permitting homosexual domestic partnerships came into effect today. The legislation confers hospital visitation rights, healthcare agency, organ donation authorization, and intestate inheritance, executor status, and agency for the disposition of the decedent's remains. The law extends these rights to heterosexual domestic partners as well, so long as at least one of the couple is 62-years old or older. Needless to say, despite the law's extension to certain AARP members, this is merely an end-run around Washington's 1998 Defense of Marriage Act and another crack in the foundation of real marriage.

Dozens of homosexual couples lined up outside the Secretary of State's office today to register so as to take advantage of the new rights. Early reports that Tom Monaghan and Bernie Dobranski were seen waiting in line together to register as domestic partners proved to be false. It was, in fact, just a man with his hands in another man's pockets.