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posted by January 11 at 16:41 PMon
Why does the domestic partnerships bill make a special category for seniors?
Indeed, in the list of requirements that must be met—like, “both persons share a common residence” and “neither person is married to someone other than the party to the domestic partnerhsip” —there’s this requirement: “Either (a) both persons are members of the same sex; or (b) one of the persons is at least sixty-two years of age.
Said Annie Wagner to me: “I’m confused about both the choice to include heterosexuals and to exclude heterosexuals under 62. whaa?”
Here’s what’s up with discriminating against young people: There are elderly couples that don’t get married because if they do marry, they may lose the pensions that their original spouse left them.
Meanwhile, since they aren’t married to their new partner, they don’t have any of the hospital visitation rights, funeral arrangment rights etc.. with that new partner. Getting a domestic partnership allows them to collect their previous spouse’s pension, while also being able to have rights regarding their new partner.