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One Year Later: How the Domestic Partnership Act Changed My Life
One Year Later: How the Domestic Partnership Act Changed My Life

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AIR DATE: September 14, 2010

First comes love, then comes... domestic partnership? We're coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Domestic Partnership Act. That legislation gives same-sex and opposite-sex couples the same rights as married people, even if they don't officially tie the knot. Over 2000 Nevada couples are registered as domestic partners. What rights do domestic partners have? Can they visit a loved one in the hospital, or get insurance coverage for maternity leave? Also, how will its success in Nevada affect the national battle for same-sex marriage rights? Couples join us to share their stories on how the Domestic Partnership Act, for better or worse, has changed their lives.

The Domestic Partnership Act (SB 283) officially became Nevada law on Oct. 1, 2009. You can find the full story on the anniversary of the Domestic Partnership Act by Heidi Kyser in our magazine, Desert Companion. You can find it at any local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

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Lee Cagley
Larry Davis
Jim Davis, attorney, Kunin and Carman
Michael Ginsburg, Southern Nevada Dir, PLAN

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COMMENTS:
Mike: Nota bene: two "f"s in coffee. Your mates tend to appreciate it when you spell their names correctly.
MarcMarcSep 29, 2010 18:28:53 PM
Your caller, "Frank(?) used the word "abomination" in reference to Mr.Cagley's personal choices. I am not even sure if Mr. Cagley will remember me, but he took a day off from work to help me through a rough spot in my life. Not that it matters other than how the readers interpret my comments, I am straight. I'd sooner come to Lee for help, than to Frank. If this is the God Frank offers, Frank can have his god (lower case intended). I'd rather have Lee's.
MarcMarcSep 29, 2010 12:08:33 PM
If religion is not part of the cultural concept of marriage, why then is polygamy illegal? If 3 consenting adults chose to live in this manner then why deny them their choice? Should not then the GLBT community fight to support this as well? Where does it stop. If you can bend the heterosexual concept of marriage to fit your alternative lifestyle, can't I marry my cofee table if I were so inclined?
mikeSep 29, 2010 09:57:29 AM
Mike, polygamy is illegal because the assumption is that the people participating in it are not doing so willingly, ie are part of a coercive cultural/religious pressure. This is a stereotype, and, as such, perhaps deserves the scrutiny you imply. The GLBT community (as a whole) cannot be expected to support polygamy any more than any other grouping/race/creed since they have no relationship to it any more than heterosexuals do. (Just like heterosexuals, some homosexuals do choose a "polygamist" lifestyle, but most find that just as odd as you would.) The concept of heterosexual marriage is just that: a concept, since many heterosexuals also cannot or do not produce children. But marriage comes with concrete benefits (financial, legal, etc) that should not be denied to those who cannot choose differently, when "all men are created equal". (btw-the term "alternative" implies that a choice is being made, which it is NOT). There would be no benefit to you marrying your coffee table, or your pet, or whatever, except that it would never talk back to you.
shawnSep 29, 2010 11:01:59 AM
If you want to marry your coffee table, fine. All I want is to hear it say "I accept Mike." So be it. You can lie with your coffee table legs up in your living room. Your argument doesn't even merit this cursory response.
MarcmarcSep 29, 2010 17:11:24 PM
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