Saturday, January 14, 2006

Travis Trick Two

The initial raised eyebrows seem to be becoming upturned mouths, as locals look at the out-of-the-blue proposal by Massachusetts Rep. Phil Travis. The old gay-baiter/hater joined in announcing he'd file a bill to offer a few domestic-partner benefits to couples who could not marry.

The Herald-affiliated Daily New Transcript followed up with quotes from a key player. The Benefits Fairness Act as proposed "doesn'’t pass the laugh test," according to Arline Isaacson, co-chairman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.

We agree and posted as much.

Isaacon elaborated, "They'’re suggesting that they want us to lose the (hundreds of) legal protections we get with a marriage license and replace that with a dozen they'’re willing to give us." By her reckoning Massachusetts same-sex marriage provide up to 450 legal rights; heterosexual marriage has a combined commonwealth and federal count of around 1,400.

Travis' bill would include a small subset of 12 rights, such as hospital visitation. To us, this still has all the markings of a setup, to aid in the pending arguments for the odious anti-same-sex-marriage ballot initiative the will come before the new session of the General Court.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Vomage's list of benefits is indeed paltry and insulting compared to real marriage rights we all can now enjoy. Right off I spot 2-3 of these are hardly distinct benefits at all. Number 4 is just the right to revoke # 3 (health care proxy) when a patnership terminates, so it really is not a seperate benefit. Also they seperate mental health proxy partnership rights from health care proxy ones, so there is another off their list. And then #8 is the right to hold real estate as joint tenants with the right of survivorship, which is available to anyone now regardless of their relationship. My partner and I (still unmarried) own properties in Boston and Maine as joint tenants with survivorship rights. when you buy a property this choice is available when filing the deed. And anyone can designate a freind or patner as their health care proxy by signing anagreement. So there are really less than 12 distinct rights in this list, just 9 or 10. It is another example of mendacity and fraud from these "Family Advocates".