Archive for March, 2007
So, ya, out of this qr group, I’m bent on an issue… This one hits a bit closer to home than the Washington State article on the same topic. Read the link. ( Italians rally for gay and unwed couples’ rights. ) So, it crosses a few issues and you can’t really determine how many of the “for over a million Italians who are not linked by religious marriage but want their rights recognized” Italians ARE gay (where I’m going to assume that most of them ARE Catholic).
The main part of the linked article that I particularly like:
“But one leader of rights group Arcigay, centre-left deputy Franco Grillini, said Italy had nothing to fear since 20 other European countries already had ‘much more radical’ laws. ‘None of these countries has seen the apocalyptic forecasts about the fate of the traditional family come true,’ he said. ‘On the contrary, Denmark, the first country to introduce gay marriage, has a higher birth rate than Italy.’”
Though statistics prevail, it’s still a vote. I wonder if Italy has the same marital deductions as we do here.
On a side note: Seattle’s Catholic Archdiocese has been getting some religious flak:
One of Hunthausen’s (who’s no longer in position) most controversial acts was to permit a homosexual group, Dignity, to hold its own Mass in his cathedral. “They’re Catholics too,’ he explained. “They need a place to pray.’ Same thing happened in Detroit.
Washington State is about to pass (hopefully) some rights for marriage equality. (Seattlepi Link) Though not on the same level of saying ‘marriage’, it is in the right direction. You’d think this would be an easy thing for us, but Washington State has this thing called the Cascade Mountains that divides the state into two parts, two near-polar personalities, that of eastern washington conservatives and western washington liberals.
But to hear a democrat senator (Sen. James Hargrove, D-Hoquiam) say “… this bill discriminates against married people,” gives me chills. The quote didn’t indicate how this senator got to that conclusion. Thank god for Sen. Brian Weinstein, D-Mercer Island, tried to be the voice of reason: “My good friend (Sen. James Hargrove, D-Hoquiam), who just said that this bill discriminates against married people — no it doesn’t, because married people already have all these rights.”
Rightly so. It’s way better (easier?) to go after the legal rights associated with being in a married-type relationship…
Here are the hope-soon-to-be rights:
- Health care facility visits.
- Ability to grant consent for health care for a partner who is not competent. The patient’s provider could receive patient information.
- Title and rights to cemetery plots and rights of interment.
- Right to control disposition of a deceased partner’s remains, including right to make anatomical gifts, authorize autopsies and consent to remove partner’s remains from a cemetery plot.
- Inheritance rights when the partner dies without a will.