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Right-Wingers: Idiots, or Assholes? April 17, 2010

Posted by Onely in As If!.

I was walking past the giant TV in my office cafeteria and heard some newswoman say, “Conservatives are angry over President Obama’s decision to allow gay couples visitation rights in hospitals. They say it provides rights to gay couples that are not provided to everyone else.”

Sooooo. . . . how about we provide “everyone else” with the right to choose who sees them with tubes in their noses? “Everyone else” including singles?  The newsanchor and the conservative didn’t even bother to follow up with this thought. They just stopped right at “that’s giving gays extra rights”. This just shows how *ensconced* the notion is that  you deserve rights if you’re married (according to liberals and conservatives) OR if you’re in any sort of couple (according to liberals), but not if you’re single.

Just a quick pissy post because I’m in a hurry but felt like venting.



1. April - April 17, 2010

Yesterday, I signed a petition about this. I think it’s ridiculous that a hospital OR the government gets to decide who sees a patient. Why can’t the patient decide?

2. Rachel - April 18, 2010

And here is the petition. (Not sure if that’s the same you signed, April…).

3. Matt - April 19, 2010

Idiots or Assholes? Can I vote BOTH? =)

4. autonomous - April 19, 2010

Agreed- it’s just mean and cold.

5. Contented Single - April 30, 2010

WHAT???? I can’t get over this! Am shocked and appalled. Apart from the discrimination, where’s the compassion? If you are sick in hospital, shouldn’t you have whomever you want there? Those conservatives that you mention, do they have a heart? Or are they really just perturbed by their own homosexual/bisexual impulses that we all have (apparently there is a scale that says no-one is truly 100% gay or hetero)?

I think we need to move away from the idea of the nuclear family being the norm, especially in the case of gays, but for everyone really. Why should we be dictated to about who are the most significant people in our lives? I work for the Australian government so have pretty decent work conditions, but still the people whom I am allowed to take carer’s leave or bereavement leave for are based on an outated view of what constitutes family. Eg, carers leave, spouse,parent or child. What about, a sibling? Or is it assumed that a sibling has a spouse to take care of them? What about caring or bereavement leave for a dear friend who is/was more significant than any family member?

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