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03/13/2008

WA: Gays take another step up unduly lengthy ladder

by Jeremy Hooper

Wash-4-1Yesterday in Washington state, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a domestic partnership bill that will expand the rights and protections that the state's same-sex couples can receive when entering into a DP:

Wash. governor signs expansive DP law [Wash Blade]

So let's see: Last year the state got domestic partnerships. This year they got better domestic partnerships. Geez, it's like when we were little kids and our mom would only give us one Reese's cup at a time so that we wouldn't overdose on all the sweet goodness!

Except, of course, unlike the denial of that particular peanut butter and chocolate confection, which mainly just made us bitchy, this piecemeal version of equality is keeping us gays second-class, unprotected, and -- well, okay, also pretty bitchy. So yea, Washington: Just give your gays their damn candy bar already! They promise they can have it all and still not destroy society, corrupt children, or ruin their dinner.

**NOTE
: Of course we see DP benefits as a positive step forward. That goes without saying.

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Wow, some of us up here have worked long and hard on this for years and we were in a celebratory mood, especially with what has been accomplished with a DOM legislation still on the books here, and then YOU rip us a new one as a reward for the hard work?????

Posted by: ShannonB | Mar 13, 2008 6:12:22 PM

Rip you a new one? Are you kidding me right now, Shannon?

I'll tell you what's REALLY annoying: Working ten hours every week day fighting for the rights of gays, and then having someone say you are "ripping a new one" for taking a light hearted approach towards the unnecessary steps that have been placed on our path!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 13, 2008 6:17:34 PM

What's lighthearted? We're in trench warfare up here against a DOMA. Any gains are good gains. All gains are meaningful. All gains are steps that show how to fight a DOMA elsewhere. We will win it eventually. In the meantime, making fun of our efforts is not seen as particularly helpful.

Posted by: Rabid Poodle | Mar 14, 2008 1:19:25 PM

ShannonB/Rabid Poodle: For the love of God, nobody is making fun of your efforts! We are ALL in a Battle against DOMA! Again -- we battle this nonsense EVERY SINGLE DAY!

The gist of the post is how ridiculous it is that we LGBT people have to have our equality given to us in little bits (all at the mercy of hetero-headed society). There is even a note on the post that DP benefits are obviously a step forward.

Ugh.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 14, 2008 1:23:48 PM

Some people are just so super sensitive that even when someone is on their side, they only see enemies.

Person A: "It's great we're being treated more equal. It's a shame it's such a slow process"
Person B: "Oh my God, you are SUCH a homophobe!"
Person A: "Huh?"

@ShannonB -- Yeah, you've worked hard, and G-A-Y is on your side waggling a finger at society and saying "Shame on you for making these people work so hard for tiny morsels". Stop deciding that everyone is your enemy.

@Rabid Poodle -- one of the defining features of gay culture is our ability to make light of serious matters. The choice is simple (1) We want equality, or (2) we're happy with this "Domestic Partnerships, Mark II". Personally, I think equality would be nice. I think that's all G-A-Y is saying, really.

Guys, sometimes, it's not actually about you. The article is about the homophobic morons in power, it's not the attack at gay rights developments that you think it is. Re-read the article, and try reading it from the author's point of view, hey? In fact, you only need to read the title of the article to "get it".

Why do I get sucked in by trolls so easily?

Posted by: Tony | Mar 15, 2008 12:20:46 PM

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