Monday, May 21, 2007

Gay equality: the new civil rights fight

This is very disappointing:

...(T)he New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services announced that 852 couples have gotten civil-unioned in New Jersey in the first ninety days of the civil unions law. During the same 90 days, Garden State Equality received 102 complaints of a civil union not being recognized by an employer or insurer in New Jersey. Today, in fact, Garden State Equality received its 103rd complaint. The failure rate is nearly 1 in 8, or 12 percent.

Asked Steven Goldstein, chair of Garden State Equality: "What society would ever tolerate a law that fails 12 percent of the time? If New Jersey's civil unions law were a person, it would be arrested for committing fraud."
I hope the state public advocate, Ronald Chen, wastes no time in suing the employers and insurance companies for those 88 percent. I would imagine there are more than a few common offenders among them.

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