I'm not in favor of gay marriage. When you're done yelling at me, and before you put it to the keyboard, take a deep breath and read this:
President Obama mandated Thursday that hospitals extend visitation rights to the partners of gay men and lesbians and allow same-sex couples to share medical power of attorney, perhaps the most significant step so far in his efforts to expand the rights of gay Americans.
The president directed the Department of Health and Human Services to prohibit discrimination in hospital visitation in a memo that was e-mailed to reporters Thursday night while he was at a fundraiser in Miami.
Administration officials and gay activists, who have been quietly working together on the issue, said the new rule, once in place, will affect any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding, a move that covers the vast majority of the nation's health-care institutions.
Umm...people? Remember the basis of the complaint amongst Gays and Lesbians, and whatever other non-heterosexuals that are out there, when they were arguing that they should be granted the right to marry? Their defense was that a lack of "married" in their relationship status was forcing them to be denied the very things Obama just gave them by Presidential fiat.
I've argued for years that, since the non-heteros out there felt they were being discriminated against because of their sexual proclivities and believed they should be entitled to access to hospitals, dying beds, powers of attorney, rights of survivorship, etc. that perhaps we should just give them those things and leave the sanctity of marriage and its relationship with God (who teaches us these non-hetero behaviors are unnatural, unacceptable, and not allowed) out of it.
They get to access dying partners, engage in their medical processes, and survive them (and get their stuff when they're dead). In exchange, they leave the whole "husband and wife" and "what God has brought together let no man put asunder" thing alone. Well...Obama has done just that.
Can we put all this "anyone should be able to marry anyone" nonsense behind us now, and get back to guys and girls getting married so they can make babies? And let the "everyone else" crowd just get on with the business of doing whatever it is that they do?
Thank you Mr. President for completely destroying the fundamental argument for Gay marriage...sometimes you make me smile.