beyond domestic partnership

Words on CA’s Prop 8 from my friend and former Stanford RA, Li Han Chan. She put this in an email and I asked her permission to quote it:

Some people say the right to domestic partnership is enough, but really, it isn’t. While domestic partnerships, in law, grant same-sex couples all state-level rights and obligations of marriage — in areas such as inheritance, income tax, insurance and hospital visitation, every step requires extra documentation to prove the union is legit, and that domestic partners in fact do have those rights (e.g. if you want to visit your partner in the hospital, you’ll have to do much more than just show a small credit card sized marriage license.) This is what the 21st century LGBT version of “Separate but Equal” is like. We’re not even talking about federal rights yet, such as immigration.


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