Thursday, March 24, 2005

Sen. Bachmann's unintended consequences

Has anybody actually read the "Gay Marriage" constitutional amendment that Sen. Michelle Bachmann has proposed?
Sec. 13. Only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota. Any other relationship shall not be recognized as a marriage or its legal equivalent.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, the language as written could have some unintended consequences. In Ohio where a similar constitutional amendment passed, the state may not be able to enforce a domestic violence law in situations where people are not married.

That raises other questions-- such as will it then be illegal for companies or the government to offer domestic partner benefits to their employees? The city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public Library are examples of government units that offer domestic partner benefits. American Express, American Airlines, Disney, Fannie Mae, Fox Television, Knight-Ridder, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Public Radio, Northwest Airlines and St. Paul Companies are just a few of the companies doing business in Minnesota that offer domestic partner benefits.

I thought Republicans were for protecting families and against the state telling businesses what to do.


Blogger MNObserver said...

Earlier this week, a judge in Ohio reduced charges against a man accused of domestic battery against his girlfriend. Because the new amendment denied legal protection for the "nonmarital" relationship, felony domestic abuse charges had to be dropped and misdemeanor charges brought. Because they were not married officially, the battered woman was denied the protections afforded battered spouses. After all, only really truly married people are entitled to those benefits.

Nice result, eh?

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