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Sen Lundberg (inadvertently?) demonstrates how his family enjoys heterosexual privilege

Daniel Gonzales

March 23rd, 2011

Today the Colorado Senate held a floor debate on SB 172, civil unions.  The main opposition came from Senator Kevin Lundberg who we have video of thanks to The Colorado Channel.

One of the main ideas of heterosexual privilege is never having your family questioned.

Follow the logic if you can (paraphrased)

  • I, Kevin Lundberg, had my wife hospitalized last week and nobody questioned our family, for I am just a simple man in a position of power… and heterosexual… and white…
  • If there are gays in my district or elsewhere in the state, I haven’t heard any stories of them having trouble in medical situations.  Surely nobody would ever question the validity of a non-traditional family!  And certainly not in the rural areas I represent.
  • By extension there is no problem with gays making medical decisions and this bill is unnecessary.

Here’s the video excerpt:

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PC
March 23rd, 2011 | LINK

I always pay attention to qualifiers.

He said he doesn’t know of any “current” examples. Does he know of examples from the past?

Kathy
March 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Seriously? he and his wife don’t have trouble in the hospital so gay folks must be lying? This is rich.

Kelly
March 23rd, 2011 | LINK

Heh. I’m a straight woman, biological mother to my son, married to his biological father, with no custody issues whatsoever, and I’ve had my guardianship of my son questioned by a hospital. It was an easily resolved misunderstanding, but the very fact that it was so easily resolved really drove home for me the concept of heterosexual privilege.

Tone
March 23rd, 2011 | LINK

My same-sex spouse and I are Canadian and legally married. Because much of the world does not recognize our marriage we’ve both had to consult lawyers and have durable power of attorney documents drawn up so that we are able to travel with relative safety. Should one of us become incapacitated while we’re on vacation who knows how the hospital could react. It is within the realm of possibility that they would bypass the spouse and look to our families of origin to make life and death decisions. Since neither of us have any contact with our families that would be a most unwelcome turn of events.

This senator has no idea at all what same-sex couples are up against in a heterosexist society. Heterosexual privilege is thrown in our faces every day of our lives.

Matt
March 24th, 2011 | LINK

“and white…”

Where does this come from?

Rob in San Diego
March 24th, 2011 | LINK

Well we know who wears the pants in his family. I wonder if he had any problems hospitalizing his wife before they got married. But then again, like most heterosexuals they probably only dated 3 to 6 months before getting married. He probably had his first kid before he got married. I wonder if he’s ever had to testify against his wife, I wonder if they file their taxes jointly? I wonder if she’s on HIS insurance, or if he’s on HER’s? I wonder if he’s ever traveled to a country that doesn’t accept his marriage. Oh wait, he’s a heterosexual, it’s like a VISA card, it’s accept everywhere.

Lightning Baltimore
March 25th, 2011 | LINK

As a Caucasian, I have never been eyed suspiciously by others or harrassed for no apparent reason other than my skin color. Therefore, I think it’s a myth that black people experience these things.

As a non-Hispanic looking American, I have never been accused of being an illegal alien, and have never been threatened by authorities with deportation. Therefore, I think it’s a myth that Hispanic citizens experience these things.

</sarcasm>

What an ass!

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