“Parent one” and “Parent two”
replacing “mother” and “father” on US passport applications beginning February 2011.
Translation: Another step to gay marriage.
Brenda Sprague, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services, said that their only consideration was improving accuracy.
“We find with changes in medical science and reproductive technology we are confronting situations now we would not have anticipated 10 or 15 years ago”.
Sorry babe, if you are talking science and reproductive technology, I’m pretty sure biologic parentage still results from a sperm (from the father) and an egg (from the mother) getting together.
But our own Governor Abercrombie (“exploder of the Birther conspiracy”) has it high on his priority list too, according to today’s paper -even ahead of the budget (which has a huge projected shortfall), and even though his predecessor vetoed it last session, deciding it would open the door to gay marriage which the majority of voters have already opposed.
Lest you think me unfair, bigoted and generally terrible, I am 100% in favor of civil unions (except as a stepping stone to gay marriage). A same sex couple in a legally sanctioned civil union should have all the rights and responsibilities of anyone else, some of which include:
- Joint parental rights of children & joint adoption
- Status as “next-of-kin” for hospital visits and medical decisions
- Domestic violence protection orders
- Automatic inheritance in the absence of a will, and death benefits
- Social Security & Medicare
- Joint filing of tax returns
- Wrongful death benefits for surviving partner and children
- Child support
- Joint Insurance Plans
- Estate and gift tax benefits
- Credit protection
- Medical care for survivors and dependents of certain veterans
But I cannot ever seeing myself changing the definition of marriage (one man and one woman) to include civil unions and I resent that it will be an issue and an agenda for many that includes the indoctrination of young people at the earliest opportunity in our public schools. I think our public schools and our public servants have bigger, more important jobs than pushing gay marriage.