Thursday, September 15, 2011

Sucker Punch

The house voted to eliminate health benefits for domestic partners today. The Senate has already pledged to follow suit, and easily has the votes to do so.

Frustrated. Sad. Disappointed. Scared.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Please Help: Domestic Partner Benefits

I need your help today. Every time something this happens, I react in two ways:

1) I panic, feel extremely hurt and sad, and can't focus/be productive
2) I feel crazy for getting so upset, and feel like no one else cares

Please prove me wrong by reaching out to Michigan legislators today. It looks like they will be voting tomorrow on HB 4770 and 4771, which would bar public employers (like U of M, ahem) from offering health benefits to the domestic partners of its employees. Obviously, this could be a big problem for Lindsey and I down the road. U of M already has to jump through crazy legal hoops to offer benefits to "Other Qualified Adults". Who knows if they'd be able to finagle around this if it passes.

So please, take a minute to read HB 4770 and HB 4771, and then call your state legislators and explain to them that couples like Lindsey and I shouldn't be thrown under the bus in the name of politics. Our health and our lives shouldn't be casualties of a culture war.

Find contact info for legislators here: http://www.house.mi.gov/mhrpublic/

Thank you!