A bill before the Virgina legislature proposes to render any contract between same-sex partners void. This isn’t just about banning gay marriage. It’s about banning same-sex couples from using ordinary legal contracts — like the living will that Jay and I had a lawyer prepare so that one of us can make medical decisions for the other if he is incapacitated — from providing any of the “benefits” of marriage. The text of the proposed bill begins:
A civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage is prohibited.
This is just appalling. It does seem like the governor is attempting to water down the bill, but this deserves an outright veto.