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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Why Domestic Partnership is not Enough

This poor man. You don't have to approve of homosexuality nor does your church have to allow gay marriage. But to deny rights to people simply on the basis of lifestyle is just evil.

As of July 2010, the United States Social Security Administration does not recognize same-sex marriages or domestic partnerships as valid relationships.

Consequently, thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender seniors are denied Social Security benefits every year.

This is the story of a 65 year old man in Atwater who lost his partner of 32 years and is losing his home because he doesn't get his partner's benefits.

Kudos to filmmaker Shawn Nee who produced this short piece.


Thank You For Your Call from Shawn Nee / discarted on Vimeo.

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What we need to do then is allow civil unions, but I don't want the government changing the definition of marriage in our society. Marriage is the union between one man and one woman. A union between two members of the same sex is a civil partnership.

Elton John put it best, "I don't want to be married. I'm very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership," John says. "The word 'marriage,' I think, puts a lot of people off..."You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships."

A union between one man and one woman is not a civil partnership and a union between two members of the same sex is not marriage. Neither is bigamy or polygamy - I don't want the government to recognize that as marriage either.

July 21, 2010 8:46 PM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

The truth is this all comes down to money and the big special interest groups have got this cornered.

Equal marriage and domestic partnership rights are far from ever happening, as this social security piece proves, there's a lot of money on the line.
Social security is the public sector. Let's not forget about pensions!

July 21, 2010 8:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Here is a bulletin for you, Higby.

Marriage, BY DEFINITION, is the civil and level union of a MAN and a WOMAN.

I have nothing against homos, unlike YOU who has something against people of color. But they cannot have a MARRIAGE, because of its specific DEFINITION.

They should have their civil unions, or come up with a phrase for a civil union that keeps them happy. Something obvious like "GAY MARRIAGE." The "GAY" addition would identify it as something other than the DEFINITION of marriage.

Say what you want about equal rights, but in order to be EQUAL, the parties must be the same in each example. That is, a man AND a woman.

I know this is where you usually add your non-response, as you did when you were recently accused of being a racist. You wrote, "Shut up! I have a black in my family." But that didn't make you a non-racist or non-race baiter. And calling something a marriage something that it isn't, doesn't make it a marriage in fact.

Now, give us examples of why you think Phil Jennerjahn is smart. You keep dodging the question, which makes people only ask it more.

I win.
You lose.
As usual.
Dickhead.

July 21, 2010 9:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Social Security is dying. We do not need people who are not legally entitled to survivor benefits to now get them and drain the fund further.

Sorry, but the sob story doesn't fly in our house.

July 21, 2010 9:08 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a shame this is on our society.

July 21, 2010 9:08 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Now we know that Furry Mary hates teh gheys.

July 21, 2010 9:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Equal rights for all married couples, gay or straight! Marriage is the joining of two partners. Call it Hetero marriage or Gay marriage, but it is still marriage.

July 21, 2010 10:05 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

from Wiki. A nice way of defining it.

Marriage is a social union or legal contract between individuals that creates kinship. It is an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged in a variety of ways, depending on the culture or subculture in which it is found. Such a union may also be called matrimony, while the ceremony that marks its beginning is usually called a wedding.

People marry for many reasons, including one or more of the following: legal, social, emotional, economical, spiritual, and religious. These might include arranged marriages, family obligations, the legal establishment of a nuclear family unit, the legal protection of children and public declaration of commitment.[1][2]

Marriage practices are very diverse across cultures, may take many forms, and are often formalized by a wedding.[3] The act of marriage usually creates normative or legal obligations between the individuals involved. In some societies these obligations also extend to certain family members of the married persons. Almost all cultures that recognize marriage also recognize adultery as a violation of the terms of marriage.[4]

Marriage is usually recognized by the state, a religious authority, or both. It is often viewed as a contract. Civil marriage is the legal concept of marriage as a governmental institution irrespective of religious affiliation, in accordance with marriage laws of the jurisdiction. If recognized by the state, by the religion(s) to which the parties belong or by society in general, the act of marriage changes the personal and social status of the individuals who enter into it.

July 21, 2010 10:09 PM  

Blogger Wendy, Los Angeles said:

I have no problem whatsoever with civil unions. Elton is right...

July 21, 2010 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Silly faggots! Dicks are for Chicks!

July 22, 2010 12:09 AM  

Anonymous Walter Moore's Publicist said:

Is there a way for Walter Moore to jump in here and take over the conversation long enough to get his picture taken? Just asking.

July 22, 2010 12:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You define marriage for you and let me define marriage for me.

Frankly, half the marriages between men and women I wouldn't define as marriages, but I ain't in the business of getting into people's private business.

I say let the gays get married and then maybe there will be less gays walking around WeHo with assless chaps on and their peckers hanging out like some sort of deli meat. Cause marriage sort of puts the kabash on that kind of excitement.

July 22, 2010 11:41 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

I wouldn't put it the same way 11:41 but I have heard that gay marriage has put an end to gay promiscuity.

July 22, 2010 12:26 PM  

Anonymous g said:

WE KEEP BEATING UP GAYS. ALL THEY DO IS GO TO WORK OR SCHOOL AND TRY TO LIVE CREATIVE, PRODUCTIVE LIVES. WE MAY DO TO FAITH NOT AGREE, BUT THEY ARE HERE IN THE SAME BOAT WITH THE REST OF US AND HAVE BEEN FOR CENTURIES. SO GET OVER IT.

July 22, 2010 3:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Look I consider myself a rational person, and I REALLY have no problem with the gays getting married, just as long as gay dudes marry women, and the lesbian chicks marry guys.

Isn't that a reasonable compromise to this whole thing?

Mull it over. It might catch on.

July 22, 2010 3:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

32 years!!! In 32 years there are lots of legal remedies to solve that problem. Life insurance policy, trusts, reverse mortgage.
Marriage is between a man and woman. It is NOT a civil right.

July 22, 2010 9:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

8:46PM got it right. There is nothing more to add.

July 23, 2010 7:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

A heartbreaking story in terms of not only losing a partner, but losing all the connections of place to that long relationship.

July 24, 2010 7:11 AM  

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