Monday, May 26, 2008
Maryland: In the event of death...
...we gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender couples are covered. Maryland just voted to make our "domestic partner" benefits stronger: we have rights to visit hospitals and have our say regarding our partners health care, along with funeral arrangements; and there is more coverage in terms of property transfers in the face of death of one's partner.
Herein lies a case in point: these are "given" issues in the case of marriage of heterosexuals. No heterosexual couple has to fight and win laws for this simple request: that in the event of our partner's ill health, we, the other partner, have a "say" in our beloved's health care.
On the one hand, "Yeah" we won that privilege. On the other hand: isn't this just plain logical that we should have this ability and legal right to care for our loved ones?