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March 12, 2009

Just read a NYTimes article about a coming fuss about same sex partner health coverage for federal employees.
I don’t get it.
Actually, seriously, someone explain it to me.  Marriage, I get.  I understand why that’s a fight.  I understand where conservatives are coming from, I just don’t agree with them.
Adoption I get
Heck, even the military I get.
But health care.  Or other similar benefits.  I don’t get it.  How does it hurt a conservative if a same sex partner gets health insurance?  Please, someone tell me.  I have no idea why that’s a bad thing, or why it’s looking to be a big fuss.  Are they that cheap?  That homophobic?  Is it both?  Or is it something else that I’m not getting.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2009 2:26 pm

    Budgetary: Conservatives are traditionally opposed to any expansion of government programs. (Emphasis on traditional; you already know what Dubya did to the national deficit.) They further make the argument that if we expand benefit coverage to two unrelated unmarried people (because they refuse to recognize the right of gay people to marry), that you’ll have to expand benefit coverage to any two people who want to share benefit coverage, not limited to but including grandparents with grandchildren, boyfriends and girlfriends, random people who need health coverage with people they would presumably pay to gain such coverage, etc.
    So it’s actually quite tied in with their opposition to gay marriage: the conservative line of reasoning goes that if you’re not married, you don’t have the rights to benefits, but gay people can’t marry, so you have no right to benefits. It goes in a circle. (And, again, the fiscal conservatism actually happily marries itself to the social conservative wing of the party on this issue, producing lots of happy Republican agreement on this particular plank of the party platform.

  2. March 13, 2009 7:42 pm

    They’re just that cheap :/
    Benefits are actually the main reason my dad’s against gay marriage. sigh.

  3. March 14, 2009 11:28 pm

    I agree with the first persons comment and add that it gives more people a chance to cheat the system (similar to contract marriages now). And it will be even easier since there isn’t as much paperwork to go through as with marriage. Which is why we should do away with marriage and give everyone an equal chance to cheat the system.

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