Andrea's marriage etiquette: Yay to Rice, no to Guests
Speaking on the news that Ambassador Michael Guest has resigned his post because his domestic partner was not entitled to the same benefits as a married spouse, the Traditional Values Coalition's Andrea Lafferty has issued the following statement:
“Secretary Rice refused to budge or violate current government policies. Benefits to the married spouses of government personnel should not go to co-habiting partners -- regardless of their sexual ‘orientations’"
“Secretary Rice is to be commended for taking a principled stand on the importance of granting marriage benefits only to those who are actually married. “Ambassador Guest was clearly attempting to have the State Department grant marriage benefits to homosexual couples. If he had succeeded, it would have had a ripple effect throughout the federal government.”
So essentially Lafferty is saying that regardless of what steps they take to seal their commitment, there is absolutely nothing former Ambassador Guest or any gay person in a similar role can do to shore up protections for their partner. It doesn't matter if they've been together 20 days or 20 years -- they still are not entitled to the same benefits that their hetero peers are on the day after their wedding. And this is coming from a woman who dedicates a large portion of her existence to denying LGBT equality, thus preventing those gay employees from taking the marriage step that so many of them crave with every fiber in their beings. So there's no bargaining. There is no opening for reason or reconsideration in Andrea's mind. There is simply the notion that to receive benefits one must be married, yet to be married, one must have been born heterosexual. If that is not discrimination, we seriously don't know what is!!
Lines like this would seem to show their "protect marriage" campaigns for exactly what they are. Because what we have here is an accomplished man who wanted only to protect his family, and a stop-at-nothing woman who seems to be almost gloating over the fact that there is nothing he can do to receive parity. And there is NOTHING in her gloating that is helping our society or our culture retain any measure of safety. There is, however, a highly accomplished man who has been betrayed by the government that he has honorably served for the past several decades. Yet since we still live in a world wherein the reality of ACTUAL HUMAN PROTECTION is still largely trumped by the hyperbole that is "marriage protection," folks like Andrea Lafferty get away with their embarrassingly mindless and frighteningly callous spin jobs.
"Lines like this would seem to show their "protect marriage" campaigns for exactly what they are."
The only people that don't see these campaigns as hate campaigns are people who have so totally deluded themselves that it's scary.
Posted by: Mike in the Tndra | Dec 6, 2007 7:08:46 PM
Or who have absolutely no scruples about lying and deceiving in order to further one's goal.
Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 6, 2007 7:10:35 PMcomments powered by Disqus