Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Why "partner" is not "spouse"

This is a great description of why civil unions/domestic partnerships just aren't the same. They aren't treated the same, and they aren't viewed the same. Yes, the word matters. That's why Referendum 74 in WA matters and why Prop8 matters.
 "[T]here is a world of difference between calling someone your ‘partner’ and calling them your ‘husband’. ‘Partner’ is a word that should be preserved for people you play tennis with, or work alongside in business. It doesn’t come close to describing the love that I have for David, and he for me. In contrast, ‘husband’ does. A ‘husband’ is somebody that you cherish forever, that you would give up everything for, that you love in sickness and in health. Until the law recognises David Furnish is my husband, and not merely my partner, the law won’t describe the man I know and adore." - Elton John

1 comment:

dr.primrose said...

Good human interest column by N.Y. Times columnist Frank Bruni on vote to approve same-sex marriage in Maine - At Long Last, Dignity?.