Why Marriage Matters

Another powerful anecdote:

Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli have a domestic partnership, which under Nevada state law grants couples all the same rights as married couples. When Leon checked into the hospital last month because of complications in her pregnancy, the admissions officer told Simonelli she would have to secure power of attorney to be with her partner. Leon ended up losing her baby, and Simonelli had to rely on the doctor for updates, spending long stretches of time without news on her partner’s condition and the fate of her family.

And something important happened yesterday. The GOP effectively proved that its concern is not “protecting” civil marriage, but keeping gays permanently marginalized and vulnerable in our relationships. They officially oppose even civil unions for gay couples. So next time someone argues that the Christianist right is not anti-gay, just pro-marriage, ask him why he opposes civil unions as well.

The answer is fundamentalism, not social policy.