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07/22/2013

Cohabiting couples are at disadvantage, says org that leaves gay couples with no other option

by Jeremy Hooper

The National Organization For Marriage aggressively opposes marriage for same-sex couples and, when it comes down to it, always opposes even a civil union setup (even when they pretend to support them because local polling forces their hand). That being true, it's so unbelievably offensive for NOM to promote ideas like this one:

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So where does this leave same-sex couples? If NOM staffers truly believe that cohabiting couples will always fall behind married couples, doesn't that just add an extra level of insult (and animus) to the NOM agenda?

Now, of course NOM doesn't believe same-sex couples even qualify for marriage, so they would say that the only way we can reap the claimed benefits is to pick an opposite-sex spouse and find a way to love him or her. But that only ratchets up the cruelty. In NOM's world, married heterosexuals receive a pedestal from which to cast stones at the peons below. In NOM's world, gender-different married couples are to receive a subsidization that the rest of us taxpayers must support but from which some of us are never allowed to benefit. In NOM's world, a gay couple never has an equal shake at the same sort of familial productivity that they make so readily available to opposite-sex duos.

Fortunately, we get to live in the real world, not NOM's world.

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