Something to Think About
[Howdy from Callie aka Red State Exile. Just a quick thank you to Pam for giving me this chance. I’ve been so excited about this and quite scared I’d screw something up. Fortunately, the blog still stands. Have a safe trip home, my friend!]
This is a story that should make anyone on the fence on their state amendments think twice. For those who are on our side, you should feel as sick and disgusted by this as I do.
Our local paper The Tennessean ran an opinion article by Rev. Jerry Sutton of Two Rivers Baptist Church. This is the same church that hosted the Justice Sunday events and Dobson’s anti-gay rally here this past Monday (Stand for the Family). Of course, being who Rev. Sutton is his editorial was scathing of our relationships.
Our paper allows comments online to the articles and one gentleman retold a touching story. He’s 72 years old and had a partner for 30 years. They had had good relations with their families. However, when his partner died, the partner’s family came in and took all of their possessions and took this man to court to get the property they jointly owned. He and his partner had done all of the legal paperwork they could to try to protect themselves and their property. Unfortunately, he spent $300K on legal fees and court costs to try and get their possessions and property back. He won the battle for the property but never got their possessions back. He even had to get a court order just so the police would listen to him.
The story many that oppose us tell is that we can get the legal protections we need through a lawyer and that as long as we do that we don’t need to get married. As the story above clearly states, this is a bald-faced lie. I’ve asked several lawyers this question and all say that we can’t have any guarantee no matter how much legal paperwork we do. Marriage is the only sure way we are guaranteed to be recognized as “next of kin” and rightful inheritor of our jointly owned property.
If it was this hard before the amendment, imagine how hard it will be AFTER!
The public has been lied to and duped. The allegations of our opposition are FALSE. These amendments are not just about placing us in a second-class status but a NO CLASS status! They don’t leave doors open for civil unions or domestic partnerships, but are intended to block recognition of anything that provides similar benefits and privileges of marriage. That includes legal documents. Do not be fooled!
Fortunately, there is a great grassroots movement started here in TN for support of our relationships. I’m pleased to report that even The Tennessean came out in opposition to the anti-gay amendment. In time, these discriminatory amendments will be undone, just like we’ve undone discrimination in the past. It’ll be a long road until then, but let’s do our part to make sure we’re on the right side of the street by Voting NO!!!