Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wisconsin Gov. Walker wants to strip same-sex couples of hospital visitation rights

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Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)

More Republican empathy at work:

Madison - Gov. Scott Walker believes a new law that gives gay couples hospital visitation rights violates the state constitution and has asked a judge to allow the state to stop defending it.

Democrats who controlled the Legislature in 2009 changed the law so that same-sex couples could sign up for domestic partnership registries with county clerks to secure some - but not all - of the rights afforded married couples.

Wisconsin Family Action sued last year in Dane County circuit court, arguing that the registries violated a 2006 amendment to the state constitution that bans gay marriage and any arrangement that is substantially similar.

The rest of the article is devoted to a long-winded detailing of the whole legal mess. I think it’s a rather sad day when the debate over whether to treat human beings with empathy and dignity gets caught up in legal wrangling over institutionalized discrimination. As if it were even any question that gays and lesbians should be allowed to visit their ailing loved ones in the hospital.

But then, they’re teh ghey, after all, so as far as Republicans are concerned, who gives a shit, right? As long as they can indulge in more legalistic games to screw citizens out of their fundamental human rights over bigoted ideology, all’s well in the Republican USA.

(via @todayspolitics)