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Once again, the so-called Family Foundation of Kentucky has abandoned Kentucky families -- the real ones, that is. They have decided that unless you fit their definition of family, you don't deserve health insurance.

We've known for some time that the so-called Family Foundation believes that a family is a husband, wife, and 2.5 children. The husband and wife should not be divorced, of course, and heaven forbid there should even be a mention of homosexuality.

Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the rest of us, society is beginning to recognize that not every family fits this pattern. Some families have one mom and children, some have one dad and children -- and some, believe it or not, have two moms or two dads.

Never mind that those non-traditional families get sick. Never mind that the children in those families get sick, or that the partner gets sick. As far as the so-called Family Foundation is concerned, that's just tough shit. You want to be gay and in a relationship? Fine, go right ahead -- but you can forget about health insurance.

The so-called Family Foundation has come out full-bore in opposition to domestic partner benefits at any public institution in the state. This means, of course, all colleges and universities, as well as state government and all its various agencies. And it looks as if they are going to succeed in getting a bill passed that bans any such benefits.

This isn't Boys' and Girls' State. This is real government, and real legislation that hurts real people. The so-called Family Foundation may have an opinion on whether same-sex couples can be called "family." Fine -- let them make the argument in the public square, and try to win people over to their narrow, out-of-touch view. But they should stop hurting the non-traditional families in the process, as well as our state and its ability to attract people. Their bill is wrong, it hurts real people, and we need to let our legislators know.

Call 1-800-372-7181 and tell the person answering that you OPPOSE Senate Bill 152. Then email your reps and senators and tell them the same thing. Tell them you care about all families, not just the ones the so-called Family Foundation cares about. And you expect your elected officials to do what is best for all of Kentucky families, even the non-traditional ones.

Originally posted to Bruce in Louisville on Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 05:17 AM PST.

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  •  What people have to do (2+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth, marykk

    Is move. I would love to be more positive, but as someone that was looking to move out of my home state of NJ I now know that the laws of the state will play a big role in where I move. I don't want to live in a state that runs over my rights. I think people just have to start going where they are welcome.

    ----
    Now in real life that's not going to happen so what we have to do is  put Dems in all offices so federal laws can be written that stop all of this "backwards family" stuff that the Republicans throw up there come election day.

    •  Why, as a matter of fact. . . (2+ / 0-)
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      fritzrth, alwaysquestion

      A recent ruling by the Michigan Appeals Court that forbids state entities from providing domestic partner benefits has set a fire under me and my partner.  We're working for change.  But we're keeping all options open.  

      In spite of the good friends and close ties we've developed over the past 6 years in the liberal bubble of Ann Arbor, we realize that most people in this state are working to move Michigan backwards. And there are precious few willing to stand up against it in any meaningful ways.  In the best scenarios from one of our state LGBT organizations, it'll take at least 10 years for things to begin to improve. Democratic support has been sporadic and questionable (check out how many Dems voted against gays here in 2004).

      Add in the dismal Michigan economy and other parts of the US are starting to look better and better each day.  

      I'm sad to see Kentucky moving the same way . . .

      I feel like I'm taking crazy pills! The AA stands for Ann Arbor.

      by Matt in AA on Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 05:55:25 AM PST

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  •  The Story of Adam & Eve: modern Kentucky tragedy (1+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth

    So let me make sure I understand.  If the Family Foundation of Kentucky gets their way, "21st Century Eve", a librarian at the University of Kentucky, won't be eligible for domestic partner coverage for "21st Century Adam", the out-of-wedlock father of her two charming-if-somewhat- disagreeable boys?  If that's true, I sure hope she doesn't feed Adam any bad apples!

    Keep fighting, bmaples.  Adam & Eve thank you!

  •  If they care about families then (1+ / 0-)
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    fritzrth

    they need to reinstate a tax code and economy like the one before Ronald Reagan. People actually used to have a choice as to whether one parent could stay home and mentor their family. Families in essence lost about 40% of their earning power under Republicans. It now takes two to do only marginally better than what used to be achieved by one. They effectively used the tax code to force half the population into labor.

    "I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self." --Aristotle

    by java4every1 on Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 06:30:13 AM PST

  •  The new form of sundown laws (2+ / 0-)
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    Spoc42, Silent Lurker

    I get the feeling that all of these regressive laws on the rights of same sex couples, unmarried family units and women are all a subtle new era type of sundown laws.

    "We don't want your kind round here."

    It has been brought up locally (South Dakota) that all of the regressive laws against women hurt the economy. And that laws against same sex couples and non married couples hurt as well. It was brought up that these kinds of laws turn people off from moving here. It turns off the worldly, highly educated, highly skilled people they are trying to retain or attract to the state.

    Some try to pretend it does not exist. Others claim that it is a good thing to keep what they consider undsireables out. Certain conservatives have gone so far as to say that such laws will attract the religious conservatives to move here and deter everyone else.

    They are using these laws to try to establish a discriminatory state where your unwelcome unless your white, conservative christian and willing to fall into line according to them.

    Some will come right out and say so.

    •  Evolution! (0+ / 0-)

      ... such laws will attract the religious conservatives to move here and deter everyone else.

      If all the intelligent people are kept out (intelligence being apparently "undesirable" to these nutcases), and all the religious conservatives move in, they will form a smaller, inbred population. Leave them there a few generations, and genetic drift will ensure that they become a separate species, unable to breed with human beings. They will then probably go the way of homo habilis, homo erectus and the neanderthal, disappearing into history as the failed species homo(?) religious.

      Of course, these people don't believe in evolution, so none of this can ever happen to them!

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