From Queer Channel Media, naturally. Because if its ‘all gay marriage, all the time,’ its probably Queer Channel Media:
More than 150 people gathered in this beach town on a windy Saturday to hear about the effort to introduce a civil unions bill in the Delaware Legislature.Equality Delaware, chaired by Wilmington attorney Lisa Goodman, is behind the effort and has already drafted the bill and found sponsors to introduce it. Steve Elkins, executive director of CAMP Rehoboth, the area’s LGBT community center, welcomed attendees and then turned the meeting over to Equality Delaware.
Goodman, along with others from Equality Delaware, answered questions and listened to comments from those in attendance. It was announced that the sponsors of the bill will be state Rep. Melanie George (D-Bear) and state Sen. David Sokola (D-Newark).
Lawmakers plan to introduce the measure next month. It is anticipated that if the bill passes that civil unions in Delaware would be available only to gay and lesbian couples. Full marriage rights would remain limited to opposite-sex couples.
Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, the House Majority Leader, whose district includes Rehoboth Beach, attended the meeting. Schwartzkopf is a longtime supporter of the LGBT community and has played a key role in moving LGBT legislation in the past. He said he believes that this legislation can pass the Senate and that if it does it will sail through the House. He urged the audience to contact their lawmakers and to get their friends and allies to do so as well.
How much movement and how much ‘T’ in the past?
I ask, because I’m not seeing any right now:
And, um…., in the past….
Do you really want me to go into that?
Well, you know what? Since you don’t really seem to care about the fact that all of those gays and lesbians who will be able to shelter all of their loot from the Maryland estate tax man already have the special right to discriminate against trans people, I’m going to go into that:
That would, of course, be the text to:
And now its 2011…
And now gays wants them some marriage-ish stuff – but trans lives…?
Not so much.
Name one place where trans inclusive anything has been passed after the GLB gets job protections and/or marriage rights.
Considering how rarely marriage rights have been obtained and how rarely job protections are passed, it seems this idea has taken hold base on a very tiny sample size.
In the words of a fictional Vietnam-era general, enough “to fertilize the Sinai.” Yes, there are the handful of states that have followed through on the back end of incremental progress – none having done so after getting gay marriage and only one after (and one essentially concurrently with) civil unions.
In response to a question, organizers said Equality Delaware made the decision to move forward with civil unions rather than marriage equality at this time because they strongly believe that the bill can pass the legislature.
Did it occur to anyone to at least initially propose full marriage and then compromise by ‘settling’ for civil unions in return for some votes for trans rights?
In your hearts – and minds – you know what the answer is.
Organizers estimated that about 700 couples in Delaware would quickly take advantage of a civil union option if passed.
Delaware has a population of roughly 900,000.
You think there aren’t 1400 people in that state who were left out in the cold by the anti-trans bill that the state passed in 2009?
All gay (and I say gay purposely; T? I think not) effort in Delaware is for getting more rights for 1400 people who already have more civil rights than trans people in that state instead of doing something that, in general, would go miles toward smoothing over the gay-trans rift but, more specifically would help show that ‘those liberal East Coast states’ actually are okay with trans rights so maybe federal trans rights would be okay too? That’s more of a travesty than the Brennan-Avery-Seaton Axis’s 1999-2001 push for a 100% anti-trans bill that meant little or nothing for 50% of Maryland gays and lesbians given that they were already covered by local laws.
If you’re in Delaware and you’re pushing for this civil union bill instead of a rectification of the anti-trans bill that the legislature passed in 2009, you don’t even deserve the rights that you already have. You’re greedy, self-absorbed, bigoted and – even if you, for whatever reason given what your priorities apparently are, see yourselves as not purple-and-yellow-ish, then think again. You might as well have a Joe Solmonese mask permanently affixied to your face.
Or Barney Frank…
Or any of the Three Maryland Stooges…
Take your pick.