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.