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Your dog can have health insurance but that person you live with can't 
26th-Nov-2007 05:55 pm
This calls for a really bad Santorum joke, but my sense of humor isn't working right now.

Palm Beach Community College approves health benefits for pets after denying them for domestic partners.

Neither type of insurance, for partners or pets, would have cost the school anything.
jailbird
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27th-Nov-2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Hmm, I suspect this was done (and right now) in order to make the board look bad and call them on their bullshit so they *can* get the partner benefits approved. This is my theory, anyway.
27th-Nov-2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right, because it would reduce the number of insensitive assholes involved in this decision.
27th-Nov-2007 12:43 am (UTC)
That is bad, very bad. As for insurance for domestic partners, health insurance is hard to get. Espically for preexisting conditions. I know this is bad of me to say, but I move in with a woman if it allowed me to get health insurance. And you will have that happen, people who aren't gay will do that, and move in together. Just to get health insurance.
27th-Nov-2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
If people are that desperate for health insurance, then it's more proof we need to reform the whole system. There are two wrongs here: discrimination and lack of universal health care.
27th-Nov-2007 12:49 am (UTC)
I think it's crazy that in this day in history covering a committed partner isn't a given! Of course I don't understand the "Issue" of preventing gay marriages for that matter. While churches should have the freedom to believe as they will, this is a pluralist nation and not even every Christian (raises hand shouting "me") is against sinple rights for every consenting adult to love, acknowledge, and provide for their loved one openly and fairly. As for covering pets....I'm okay with that too (having nothing but fur babies myself as do many people), but while one MIGHT take issue with that....not to cover a lifemate is unconciable.

Kathleen
27th-Nov-2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
I think offering pet insurance is a good idea, I'm simply appalled that it would be provided before care for humans. Not surprised, just appalled.

If it were possible, I'd have a greater distinction between civil and religious marriage, but the concepts are so muddled in our culture I don't think it is possible. As it is, right now gays can get married in churches that allow it, but even legal marriages are constrained in contradiction of the fair faith and credit clause of the Constitution, so they are facing greater civil than religious discrimination, which just shows how crazy our society is.
27th-Nov-2007 07:19 am (UTC)
Huh.
27th-Nov-2007 08:45 am (UTC)
Suggested new headline: PBCC Support Bestiality.

That would brighten up the local papers.....
27th-Nov-2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
That was the evil Santorum joke I was thinking of. He said that gay marriage would lead to "man on dog" and other horrors, and I was going to comment that in this case they've simply bypassed the gay marriage step.

Of course, as one of the comments on the story points out, they would have to exclude gay pets...
27th-Nov-2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Reason 11000 why I adore you! LOL I love the way your mind works and your dry wit.

Kathleen
27th-Nov-2007 08:08 pm (UTC)
Blushes - thank you kindly!
27th-Nov-2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think pet health care is great - they are members of the family and it can be expensive to care for them. I know my roomie has had to put off vet visits because of financial problems. But before human care? WTF?!

Also, my roomie is bi. And while she's not currently involved, I would hope that if she were, she could get the same benefits that the straight world has access to. The world will not end or explode or degenerate into mass orgies if that happens. *rolls eyes*

Gays simply want the same rights as everybody else - not 'special' treatment as so many say. Marriages are civil unions - dress them up in all the religious ceremonial rites you want - you are not legally married until you sign that paper. Those scenes in movies and tv are fun and dramatic - breaking into the church and answering the 'does anyone object?' question - but it's useless. Even if the ceremony is finished and the religious officiator pronounces you man and wife, you're still not wed. But you're right, they are inextricably entwined and it's not likely to change.

I always love it when assholes get humiliatingly embarrassed. *g* Karma is fun. (Sorry for the straying off topic and ranting thing.)
27th-Nov-2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
My mom is an adjunct professor for PBCC.
I knew they were assholes way before this. :)
10th-Dec-2007 01:51 am (UTC)
My sympathies to your mom.
27th-Nov-2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Aghast.

I typed three responses and then deleted them. I can't...

This makes me so angry!
27th-Nov-2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
My first reaction was "WHAT!?"

Then I remembered a friend of mine, who worked in fundraising, talking at a party about the local university's scandalous decision to destroy the popular athletics program due to a funding shortfall. She explained that it was intended to cause an outcry, and secure funding for *all* the disciplines, including the deserving/negleted arts programs, and that such tactics were SOP in college circles.

So, maybe this was just a stunt? *hopeful*
27th-Nov-2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
SCREAMS!
27th-Nov-2007 11:27 pm (UTC)
Um...what?
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