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June 18, 2007

This is why it's still important

Read this, if you will.

I know that most of the twelve or so people who read this site are my family and friends, and that most of you are straight. That's why I'm sharing this link. Because without me pointing it out, you probably wouldn't hear about this story. You might not know that things like this happen in this country. That they still happen.

In case you didn't click that link, I'll tell you what it's about. It's about a lesbian couple and their children who were about to go on a cruise when one of the women had a brain aneurysm and died. Before she died, though, the Miami hospital staff treated them pretty badly. They wouldn't allow her partner to make decisions. They wouldn't allow their children in to see her. Can you imagine being in the hospital, about to die, and someone telling your children that they can't say goodbye?

This couple had done what they tell us we need to be legally protected if something like this happens. They jointly-adopted the children, so they were both legal parents. They had granted each other the authority to make legal decisions for the other. They'd done what they could to reasonably expect to be treated with dignity should something tragic like this ever happen. And none of it worked.

I started writing this intending to blast the anti-gay marriage laws, but it's not even about marriage. It's about treating people right.

Still, I can't not point out that if a man and a woman got married after knowing each other for ten minutes, they'd have been allowed to do what this couple was not.

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