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2013-05-03 10:51:28 AM  
www.jamesbeard.org
 
2013-05-03 11:17:36 AM  
The six gay people in Rhode Island are reportedly thrilled

FTFY.
 
2013-05-03 11:55:29 AM  
This is good news...for Stewie.
 
2013-05-03 12:18:17 PM  
...and fabulous.
 
2013-05-03 12:22:19 PM  
Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.
 
2013-05-03 12:31:18 PM  
Why do I think subby has never been to Rhode Island? Which has double the population of Wyoming.
 
2013-05-03 12:32:38 PM  
someone's never been to p-town
 
2013-05-03 12:34:00 PM  
Ayyyy....there are a LOT more than 6 gay people in RI. Hell, I personally know several dozen I can think of just off the top of my head. Friends, coworkers, hell, even our Congressman (who used to be the Mayor of Providence) is openly gay (Note: He is a horrible, lying, thieving piece of shiat)  Providence is a very gay friendly city.
 
2013-05-03 12:34:26 PM  
no no no.....4 of the 5 gays in RI are thrilled.....come on people step it up.....
 
2013-05-03 12:37:32 PM  
Another victory for equality, even if a small one.  Now come on, rest of the country (including my state), get on that big gay fabulous trolley already.
 
2013-05-03 12:37:39 PM  

DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.


Why are straight people so completely ignorant of the legal and social benefits of marriage?

/oh that's right - because there are no laws preventing them from getting married
 
2013-05-03 12:37:47 PM  
Yay!  Not a big state, but we'll take it.
 
2013-05-03 12:37:55 PM  
Way to go RI!

Medical MJ
Prostitution
Gay Marriage

In a heavily Catholic state no less.
 
2013-05-03 12:43:07 PM  

mbillips: Why do I think subby has never been to Rhode Island? Which has double the population of Wyoming.


But states like Montana and Wyoming have Real Americans, so they matter more.
 
2013-05-03 12:43:40 PM  
New England Flag:

www.jamesbeard.org
 
2013-05-03 12:44:27 PM  
*Gay marriage not valid in Rhode Island
 
2013-05-03 12:44:41 PM  

gingerjet: DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.

Why are straight people so completely ignorant of the legal and social benefits of marriage?

/oh that's right - because there are no laws preventing them from getting married


Personally, I see no legal, financial or social benefit to getting married.
 
2013-05-03 12:51:09 PM  

convolvatron: someone's never been to p-town


Provincetown? Massachusetts?
 
2013-05-03 12:52:00 PM  
DubyaHater:

Personally, I see no legal, financial or social benefit to getting married.

It's very dependent on your situation.  For me, having a wife who is a homemaker filing jointly gives me a nice tax break.  Add that the the child tax credit and I pay fairly low taxes for my income bracket.  For a couple of DINKs, it may not be so, but that's the big benefit for me.  Also health insurance for my wife.

/on my 2nd straight marriage
//neither one were ever threatened by gay marriages
 
2013-05-03 12:52:25 PM  

kindms: Prostitution


They closed that loophole in 2010.
 
2013-05-03 12:55:20 PM  

DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.


Next-of-kin rights are really nice. If I end up unconscious in the hospital, I'd like the person I trust the most to make my medical decisions instead of them defaulting to my sister or parents (I love them, but they don't always see eye-to-eye with me on my philosophical ideals). It would be nice if she could visit me in the hospital, too. If I die and my will isn't clear, I'd like my estate to go to my trusted partner by default.

The level of trust and commitment it shows is also pretty nice.
 
2013-05-03 01:00:14 PM  

FarkinHostile: kindms: Prostitution

They closed that loophole in 2010.


That's not fair! I didn't know. I was SO close.
 
2013-05-03 01:03:08 PM  

ZeroCorpse: DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.

Next-of-kin rights are really nice. If I end up unconscious in the hospital, I'd like the person I trust the most to make my medical decisions instead of them defaulting to my sister or parents (I love them, but they don't always see eye-to-eye with me on my philosophical ideals). It would be nice if she could visit me in the hospital, too. If I die and my will isn't clear, I'd like my estate to go to my trusted partner by default.

The level of trust and commitment it shows is also pretty nice.


Curious, that your book?
 
2013-05-03 01:05:10 PM  
FarkinHostile: even our Congressman ... (Note: He is a horrible, lying, thieving piece of shiat)

Welcome to the Department of Redundancy Department.
 
2013-05-03 01:08:05 PM  

Charlie Chingas: ZeroCorpse: DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.

Next-of-kin rights are really nice. If I end up unconscious in the hospital, I'd like the person I trust the most to make my medical decisions instead of them defaulting to my sister or parents (I love them, but they don't always see eye-to-eye with me on my philosophical ideals). It would be nice if she could visit me in the hospital, too. If I die and my will isn't clear, I'd like my estate to go to my trusted partner by default.

The level of trust and commitment it shows is also pretty nice.

Curious, that your book?


I have no idea what you're saying here. Are you saying you're curious and then asking "Is that your book?"

If   what's my book?

Or are you asking if "curious" is my book?

I'm confused.
 
2013-05-03 01:09:25 PM  

mbillips: Why do I think subby has never been to Rhode Island? Which has double the population of Wyoming.


Don't worry; Eventually, the 3 people in Wyoming will get their day in the sun too.
 
2013-05-03 01:11:52 PM  

wrs1864: mbillips: Why do I think subby has never been to Rhode Island? Which has double the population of Wyoming.

But states like Montana and Wyoming have Real Americans, so they matter more.


meh, I've been to Wyoming. Nobody cares about Wyoming; least of all the people who have to live there.
 
2013-05-03 01:12:37 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Charlie Chingas: ZeroCorpse: DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.

Next-of-kin rights are really nice. If I end up unconscious in the hospital, I'd like the person I trust the most to make my medical decisions instead of them defaulting to my sister or parents (I love them, but they don't always see eye-to-eye with me on my philosophical ideals). It would be nice if she could visit me in the hospital, too. If I die and my will isn't clear, I'd like my estate to go to my trusted partner by default.

The level of trust and commitment it shows is also pretty nice.

Curious, that your book?

I have no idea what you're saying here. Are you saying you're curious and then asking "Is that your book?"

If   what's my book?

Or are you asking if "curious" is my book?

I'm confused.


Or are you asking if I want the rights to my intellectual property to fall to my wife?

Since I created most of my stuff (so far) as an individual and not a work-for-hire, I would want her to handle things, yes. Especially since she is an active part of my writing career (suggestions, proofreading, etc.) But I personally wouldn't want my intellectual property to fall to my descendants. I figure my kids or grandkids should create something of their own and not live on what I've created.

It's a moot point, though. I'm not exactly making a great living from my writing yet. When/If that happens, though, I would say my girl deserves to share in the wealth. Yes.
 
2013-05-03 01:12:49 PM  
www.smh.com.au
"I'm the only gaaaay on the Island!"

 
2013-05-03 01:16:18 PM  

ZeroCorpse: ZeroCorpse: Charlie Chingas: ZeroCorpse: DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.

Next-of-kin rights are really nice. If I end up unconscious in the hospital, I'd like the person I trust the most to make my medical decisions instead of them defaulting to my sister or parents (I love them, but they don't always see eye-to-eye with me on my philosophical ideals). It would be nice if she could visit me in the hospital, too. If I die and my will isn't clear, I'd like my estate to go to my trusted partner by default.

The level of trust and commitment it shows is also pretty nice.

Curious, that your book?

I have no idea what you're saying here. Are you saying you're curious and then asking "Is that your book?"

If   what's my book?

Or are you asking if "curious" is my book?

I'm confused.

Or are you asking if I want the rights to my intellectual property to fall to my wife?

Since I created most of my stuff (so far) as an individual and not a work-for-hire, I would want her to handle things, yes. Especially since she is an active part of my writing career (suggestions, proofreading, etc.) But I personally wouldn't want my intellectual property to fall to my descendants. I figure my kids or grandkids should create something of their own and not live on what I've created.

It's a moot point, though. I'm not exactly making a great living from my writing yet. When/If that happens, though, I would say my girl deserves to share in the wealth. Yes.


Is that your book on Amazon?

/perdon, sometimes I don't English good.
 
2013-05-03 01:19:04 PM  
Ladies who love clams ought to be delighted
 
2013-05-03 01:31:28 PM  
10 down, 40 to go!
 
2013-05-03 01:31:37 PM  

ZeroCorpse: DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.

Next-of-kin rights are really nice. If I end up unconscious in the hospital, I'd like the person I trust the most to make my medical decisions instead of them defaulting to my sister or parents (I love them, but they don't always see eye-to-eye with me on my philosophical ideals). It would be nice if she could visit me in the hospital, too. If I die and my will isn't clear, I'd like my estate to go to my trusted partner by default.

The level of trust and commitment it shows is also pretty nice.


It might be worth pointing out to you that you can assign medical surrogate rights to anyone, no need to be married, no need to be kin. All it takes is a free legal form, and a notary public.

In fact, even if you ARE married you still need to legally be a medical surrogate (it's like power of attorney, only for medical issues) for your spouse to make important medical decisions for them. So being married does next to nothing in this example.

same with last will and testament.


/gays should have equal civil rights regardless. Period.
//but many such arguments about the legal benefits of marriage (either gay or hetero, don't care) are weak at best
 
2013-05-03 01:33:30 PM  

convolvatron: someone's never been to p-town


Which, of course, is in Massachusetts...
 
2013-05-03 01:34:27 PM  
 
2013-05-03 01:38:46 PM  

DubyaHater: gingerjet: DubyaHater: Frankly, why would anyone want to get married?  My girlfriend now is divorced and stated she's not interested in getting remarried. I'm thrilled.

Why are straight people so completely ignorant of the legal and social benefits of marriage?

/oh that's right - because there are no laws preventing them from getting married

Personally, I see no legal, financial or social benefit to getting married.


If you are in a single earner family tax benefits can be huge, if you have roughly equal incomes, not so much.

Legal benefits such as next of kin (sure you can get power of attorney, but those are easier to put up a fight challenging), hospital visitation, immigration etc.

Social will be more dependent on where you are and the type of people you socialize with.
 
2013-05-03 01:40:28 PM  
ThrobblefootSpectre:It might be worth pointing out to you that you can assign medical surrogate rights to anyone, no need to be married, no need to be kin. All it takes is a free legal form, and a notary public.

In fact, even if you ARE married you still need to legally be a medical surrogate (it's like power of attorney, only for medical issues) for your spouse to make important medical decisions for them. So being married does next to nothing in this example.

same with last will and testament.

/gays should have equal civil rights regardless. Period.
//but many such arguments about the legal benefits of marriage (either gay or hetero, don't care) are weak at best


You should get your money back for that GED in law
 
2013-05-03 01:45:17 PM  
But how do Rhode Island's one-and-a-half black people feel about this?
 
2013-05-03 01:45:46 PM  

Voiceofreason01: ThrobblefootSpectre:It might be worth pointing out to you that you can assign medical surrogate rights to anyone, no need to be married, no need to be kin. All it takes is a free legal form, and a notary public.

In fact, even if you ARE married you still need to legally be a medical surrogate (it's like power of attorney, only for medical issues) for your spouse to make important medical decisions for them. So being married does next to nothing in this example.

same with last will and testament.

/gays should have equal civil rights regardless. Period.
//but many such arguments about the legal benefits of marriage (either gay or hetero, don't care) are weak at best

You should get your money back for that GED in law


Sorry, but no. My post is factual and correct.

Ive acted in both capacities before (Poa and med surrogate) for someone who was not my spouse who was legally incapacitated. I speak from unpleasent experience.
 
2013-05-03 01:46:56 PM  
Really, Subby?

There are seven States with a smaller population than Rhode Island.  8 if you add D.C.
 
2013-05-03 01:51:43 PM  

FarkinHostile: kindms: Prostitution

They closed that loophole in 2010.


THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!!

Love RI. Would have stayed in the state after college if the job market was better at the time.
 
2013-05-03 02:07:05 PM  

THX 1138: Really, Subby?

There are seven States with a smaller population than Rhode Island.  8 if you add D.C.


But RI is so hilariously tiny...

/blatantly ignoring population density.  Just wanted to say "hilariously tiny"
 
2013-05-03 02:12:08 PM  
We're #10!
We're #10!
We're #10!

Took long enough, damn it.
 
2013-05-03 02:15:24 PM  
I was at the RI Statehouse yesterday for the signing, so I'm getting a kick...

But seriously, it was great to see this bill finally come to fruition.  There wasn't a single protester in sight, only hundreds of happy (dare I say gay?) people celebrating this victory.  Also, there were two really cute girls in front of me who started kissing when the bill was signed.  A win for everyone.
 
2013-05-03 02:16:36 PM  

local vagrant: /blatantly ignoring population density.  Just wanted to say "hilariously tiny"


But enough about your penis.

images.cheezburger.com
 
2013-05-03 02:19:33 PM  
You think that I'm a penguin
yeah well I think that you're gay
you're pink after all
and no straight lives that way
 
2013-05-03 02:31:39 PM  
For those asking "what's the point of getting married?"

There are over 1,100 legal benefits and privileges associated with civil marriage-- social security survivor benefits, spousal access to military housing & commissary privileges, lots of tax law, etc. Plus, you can't be made to testify against your spouse in criminal cases, should that ever arise.

Truly, civil marriage will not be equal until the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is overturned, but I think it's clear that's going to happen this year. Things just keep getting better and better!

For those curious about the 1,100+ legal benefits and privileges extended by our government contingent on marital status:

Original 1997 report by GAO:  http://www.gao.gov/archive/1997/og97016.pdf
2004 update:  http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04353r.pdf

I'm sure the # is higher than 1,100 by now, almost 10 years later...
 
2013-05-03 02:40:37 PM  
Those are all great reasons why anyone that wants to should get married.

But...

"Because they want to" should suffice.
 
2013-05-03 02:46:45 PM  

FarkinHostile: kindms: Prostitution

They closed that loophole in 2010.


You want your loophole opened?  That's $50 extra.
 
2013-05-03 03:03:31 PM  

DubyaHater: Personally, I see no legal, financial or social benefit to getting married.


Try visiting your lover in the hospital, when his/her relatives disapprove of you.  And, no, a medical power of attorney will NOT accomplish the same thing, as some people are finding out.  In Florida, the hospital will look at your legal documents, say, "Sorry, this isn't a gay friendly state" and let the patient's relatives make all the decisions.  I know a woman in Colorado who was given complete power of attorney--legal, financial, and medical--by the man she has been living and working with for years, but she can't even visit him because she's not "related" to him while other people are.
 
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