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Why civil unions don't cut it

Screwed in Connecticut: Hospital Faces Civil Union Bias Claim.

When Dr. Alan J. Couture and Robert McDonald joined in a civil union last October, about 30 of Couture’s co-workers from St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury were among the guests at the ceremony. But a few months later, Couture was stunned when St. Mary’s refused to add McDonald to his health care plan.

The hospital said that, as a Catholic institution, it does not recognize civil unions.

Couture, 36, an emergency physician at St. Mary’s for eight years, filed a complaint Thursday with the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, charging that he is being discriminated against on the basis of his sexual orientation and marital status.

Couture received only one insurance card. Then, when McDonald, 28, tried to make an appointment with the couple’s primary care physician, he learned he wasn’t covered. Couture began asking questions.

Administrators in the hospital’s human resources department called Couture in and told him “they had discussed the issue with several consultants, and the decision was they would not recognize my marriage” because of church teaching, the doctor said Friday.

…When civil unions became state law last October, health insurance plans regulated by the state were required to give civil partners the same benefits as spouses. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut, which provides health care coverage to employees of St. Mary’s, does extend benefits to civil partners.

But the hospital’s insurance is self-funded, which means it is not under the jurisdiction of the state’s Insurance Department, state officials said.

Here’s a loyal employee and look what it gets you if you’re queer.

For all you Dem politicians out there hiding behind the curtain of civil unions as the answer for the noisy, whining homos (yes, you, Howard Dean, head of the party — this is your current position), this exposes you like the great and powerful Oz. This sh*t doesn’t fly. It’s separate and unequal.

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