Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Progress here in DE
Today the committee held a hearing regarding SB30 (the civil unions bill) at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE. Although not specifically mentioned in this article, at least 3 of my friends were among the 50 who signed up and were able to give testimony in support of the bill. One of them was my friend (and personal trainer) Rick.
It never ceases to amaze me that people will continue to haul out those old, tired arguments about how legalizing civil unions will take us dangerously close to that infamously "slippery slope" of humans wanting to have civil unions with animals, and adults wanting to have civil unions with children. Don't they realize that human/animal relationships and adult/child relationships have just as much potential among heterosexuals? SB30 is not asking for either of those things. Its asking for legal recognition of civil rights for 2 people of the same sex who wish to formally join their lives under the law.
And leave it to the great little state of DE to have testimony offered up by someone who was sent directly from Jesus Christ! (Page 2)
Fortunately the 4 committee members were able to process the facts and sift out the sh*t, and they released the bill from committee and sent it to the state senate floor.
If the bill eventually gets signed into law by our Democratic governor, Spouse & I will definitely solemnize our civil union under the law. Just 1 of the positive ways this will impact us is that it will allow me to obtain health insurance through Spouse's employer at a significant savings over what I am currently paying for private coverage as a self-employed individual.
I'll keep you posted.