A New Name for Domestic Partnerships in Salt Lake City

Timothy Kincaid

March 7th, 2008

I’m often bemused at the lengths heterosexual legislators will go in order to make gay couple aware that they are inferior. Even many of those whose sense of fairness leaves them inclined to offer equality under the law seem compelled to say, “But don’t call it marriage. It isn’t marriage.”

So on the west coast (and Maine) you have Domestic Partnerships. And on the east coast you have Civil Unions. In between you have, well, I’ll just stop there and be polite.

We told you back in January that Ralph Becker, the mayor of Salt Lake City, wanted to set up a Domestic Partnership registry. While offering no state or federal benefits, it would help couples prove relationships when seeking insurance and other benefits offered by private-sector employers.

The city counsel passed his plan unanimously.

Well this was just too much for Utah’s legislature. They just couldn’t have gay couples being recognized in Utah, it was too much like gay marriage. Eeeeek.

But they’ve finally found a solution: the registry can be set up and couples can seek to protect their families in this limited way… they just can’t be called “Domestic Partnerships.”

I kid you not.

So in the spirit of cooperation, I offer the following substitute names for the registry:

The Really Really Not Gay Couple Registry,

The We Care More About Pandering to the Right Wing than We Do About Helping Citizens Registry, or

The It Ain’t Marriage Registry.

I think any one of those should pass the scrutiny of the state.

Michael

March 7th, 2008

I’m confused. Were they not domestic partnerships in the first place?

Michael

March 7th, 2008

I amend my previous comment—were they not called domestic partnerships in the first place?

Timothy Kincaid

March 7th, 2008

Michael,

They were passed by the city counsel as Domestic Partnerships. But the state has now insisted on a name change.

howller

March 7th, 2008

Nice to see the mayor fighting to secure a few benefits to non-traditional families. But the resulting brouhaha is a total embarrassment to the state of Utah!

Jim Burroway

March 7th, 2008

“The partnership that dares not speak its name”

Elise

March 7th, 2008

“But they’ve finally found a solution: the registry can be set up and couples can seek to protect their families in this limited way… they just can be called “Domestic Partnerships”.”

I think that should be “they just can*not* be called Domestic Partnerships.” Hence Michael’s (and my) initial confusion.

Jim Burroway

March 7th, 2008

Elise, that’s correct. It was a typo, which has been corrected.

Willie Hewes

March 8th, 2008

This is great. It’s going to be like a race backwards through language. Marriage is too scary a word, so we invented Domestic Partnerships. But that’s grown as a concept too close to marriage, so we have to take a step further down again.

Where does it end? Rediculous.

Tara

March 8th, 2008

“Partnership that dare not speak its name” is good. But why not just go all the way:

“Evil sodomite with another evil sodomite registry so Satan will know who to take”!

cowboy

March 12th, 2008

It can be explained quite easily. Anything gay is forbidden in Utah. Gay marriage is often interchangeable with the terms: domestic-partner/benefits/registry. “Domestic” is a reserved word in the lexicon at Utah Capitol for something entirely different.

Thus, in a closed-door backroom negotiation meeting in the newly renovated Capitol just a couple of blocks from the Mormon HQ building they struck a deal. “They” being: the moderate conservatives and the ultra-fanatical orthodox religious Eagle-Forum people.

So, you see, even a moderate in Utah is considered a [whisper this next word:] liberal! (Or Librul in the local vernacular.)

Not that you will see any of those moderate conservatives in the Pride Parade this coming June. Only those agents of satan, (aka Democrats) will be seen riding in the Pride parade groveling for votes.

Still, I guess, we should be grateful to the moderates. (sigh)

Leave A Comment

All comments reflect the opinions of commenters only. They are not necessarily those of anyone associated with Box Turtle Bulletin. Comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

(Required)
(Required, never shared)

PLEASE NOTE: All comments are subject to our Comments Policy.

 

Latest Posts

President Obama Designates Stonewall National Monument

Today's Agenda Is Brought To You By...

Today In History, 1970: The "Rockefeller Five" Arrested in GAA Zap

Today In History, 1973: 32 Killed in Arson Fire At Upstairs Lounge In New Orleans

Today In History, 1978: Sydney Police Block Pride Parade, 53 Arrested and Beaten

Born On This Day, 1894: Prescott Townsend

FBI: "No Evidence" Orlando Shooter Was Gay Or Used Gay Hookup Apps

Pulse Owner To Resume "Latin Night" Tonight

Featured Reports

What Are Little Boys Made Of?

In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.

Slouching Towards Kampala: Uganda’s Deadly Embrace of Hate

When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.

Paul Cameron’s World

In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.

From the Inside: Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out”

On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.

Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"

The Heterosexual Agenda: Exposing The Myths

At last, the truth can now be told.

Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!

And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.

Testing The Premise: Are Gays A Threat To Our Children?

Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.

Straight From The Source: What the “Dutch Study” Really Says About Gay Couples

Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.

The FRC’s Briefs Are Showing

Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.

Daniel Fetty Doesn’t Count

Daniel FettyThe FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.