11/26/2004

Voters barred ANY CIVIL CONTRACT between partners, even hetero partners

Great catch by grammydidi onCommon Ground Common Sense

OH voters got scammed, told one thing by TV, something else was on the ballot

the voters of Ohio didn't realize the referendum included all civil unions/domestic partnership arrangements including ones between straight couples who choose not to get married?

(SE PA and news coverage of ballots in other states mentioned which states' referendums applied to all of these type of unions.

I'm sure that in the churches where politics instead of religion was coming from the pulpits, any one who asked about the effect on heterosexual couples was answered with "they're living in sin, if they want these rights they can get married")

....Just for the record, the three states whose initiatives last week refer only to the granting of marriage licenses are Montana, Oregon (the one place where the vote was very close), and Mississippi. The states that used marriage as a cover to mount an assault on contractual relationships of all kinds were Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Utah.

In pivotal Ohio, for example, the voters may not have realized it but they voted to strip people of the right to contractually arrange distribution of assets, child custody, pensions, and other employment benefits. They most definitely were not 'protecting' marriage; they were attacking gay people. That is why the political and business establishment there, including Republicans, opposed the measure.

The evidence is that the voters who approved it also opposed its actual contents. In the official exit poll Tuesday night, 27 percent of the voters said they support full marriage rights, 35 percent supported civil unions, and only 27 percent oppose any legal rights for same-sex couples. In other words, to underline the importance of artifice and deception in our sound-bite culture, the voters approved a measure opposed substantively by 62 percent of the very same voters..........
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