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By: Shit You Should Read at

Fri, 07 Jul 2006 03:45:32 +0000

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By: woo-hoo

Wed, 28 Jun 2006 15:25:55 +0000

It makes me horribly sad to think of this occurring to myself and my wife. Whenever we travel to another state we download and get notarized any document we can find to prove our relationship to each other. We have chosen to have the same last name. If my wife ever ends up in a situation where she cannot request my presence I intend to say we are sisters and not lovers. I realize that some people may object to me denying our relationship but personally it is important to make sure I am by her side rather than make a political point or get arrested and not being there when she needs me. There will be time later to make those points.

By: Tim Who?

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 13:40:15 +0000

I'm with T on this. It would take 6 security guards to remove me and the second they pitched my ass out I would run to another door and go right back in. But there is another option. We have a 'Family' Dr who knows us and understands our family and our wishes. Should there be an emergency and should I be locked out, all I need do is call our Dr and have him show up at the hospital. There's nothing like another Dr escorting you in and while he takes care of the hospital's legal needs, I'll be caring for my partner. Get a family Dr. Someone that can speak for you. Not a lawyer. A Dr. Hospitals understand Dr's. When he walks in and says "This is my patient" He then has control over treatment and visitors.

By: Regan DuCasse

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 14:09:40 +0000

Whenever I hear someone who believes that gay people have it really good or 'good enough' or that there are other options instead of marriage, they have to be reminded how far these new anti marriage state amendments reach. That NO contract or arrangement will be enforced and that a family crisis isn't the time to find out how limited the gay couple's relationship is rendered. The tradition of marriage as it stands now is precisely to make two non related, consenting adults first custodian and next of kin to the other. That's it. Nothing about that part of the tradition will change, just the kind of couple (gay essentially) who is married. It's easy to make gays and lesbians fair game for cruelty, under color of religion, prejudice...whatever. But when it's all said and done. A LOT of Constitutional laws are being broken. I have as yet don't know any straight people who will be harmed. No gay marriage is at the expense of anyone or anything to do with marriage. How strange and frightening that our country has done the improbable. In a time when so many hetero marriages and parental obligations fail and there are no laws that can prevent it, Our country has managed to make it illegal in the law for gay people to do that duty.

By: terrance

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 20:04:38 +0000

Let me just say for the record, if I am ever barred from my husband's hospital bedside you will see me on the six o'clock news, being dragged out of the hospital, fighting and screaming every step of the way.

By: Lorin11

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 19:58:59 +0000

What needs to happen will only happen by circumstance. A partner who is denied access will need to refuse to accede to hospital staff to the extent that they are arrested, and the story gets out to the blogs, who raise the level of noise about it loud enough that the MSM takes notice. I hate to be cynical, but these types of injustices only get noticed when they are personalized. Oh, and ideally, the person arrested should be a police officer.