Friday, February 02, 2007

Bigotry Wins over Humanity

Today the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that all public institutions must cease all same sex domestic partner benefits. You can read more about it here. I think it's a sad day because it demonstrates, even at a basic level, a value of intolerance that potentially supersedes someone's health and well-being. Would those who wanted the anti-domestic partnership amendment deny benefits in other instances, such as aging parents or widowed military-spouses with children? The kernel for that is there. Is there such importance placed on the supposed sanctity of marriage (though all one needs to do to void a marriage is go to a courthouse and sign some papers -- some sanctity), that it necessitates the denigration and discrimination of those who may be different or may now be placed in need? How low will we sink as a civilization that we can add discrimination into our state's constitution in the 21st century? I don't think we've come a long way.

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