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  •  Sure, but the current CA laws (6+ / 0-)

    should've protected that couple no less than gay marriage law should've.  In theory, that is.

    And the counter to that is that there's a psychology, as well as a legal system, at work: when people hear "married" it triggers certain default associations that "I have a proxy" or "I have an advance directive" might not.

    •  I certainly agree with that. (7+ / 0-)

      The court granted the county direct access to his finances, due to the fact that he was considered single with no next-of-kin.

      A medical power of attorney should have stopped it, but the only thing that apparently would have was a ring.

      "To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well." Justice Robert Jackson, Chief Prosecutor, Nuremberg.

      by Wayward Son on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 05:08:54 AM PDT

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      •  ? (0+ / 0-)

        If they can ignore the law, why should they care about a token?

        The question is not whether the chickens needed replacing, the question is whether the fox should have been guarding them in the first place.

        by happymisanthropy on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 12:03:37 PM PDT

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        •  People ignore laws all the time. (0+ / 0-)

          There is a law against murder.  It is very often of no consolation to the relatives of the victim, but only a microscopic few believe we should make it legal.  

          We argue constantly over the appropriate response, and whether the punishment is truly a deterrent.  Every other law is due the same review, with a slightly different scale of justice.

          This case has not been tried, so I hesitate to make judgements of fact, but assuming the gentlemen did everything legally and to the fullest extent of their protection, then the county chose to select certain laws to enforce, and others to ignore.

          A decision attributed to the 'county' is actually truly at the door of a group of people, possibly only one, who are subject to the same prejudices as any person.  

          As I said, people ignore laws all the time.

          "To pass these defendants a poisoned chalice is to put it to our own lips as well." Justice Robert Jackson, Chief Prosecutor, Nuremberg.

          by Wayward Son on Sun Apr 18, 2010 at 12:13:35 PM PDT

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