Questionable Motives

January 30, 2010

Why does gay marriage need to be made legal?

Filed under: Equality,Gay Marriage,Homosexuality,Law — tildeb @ 8:22 pm

ROBERTSVILLE (Missouri) — When Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was killed in a Christmas Day traffic accident near Eureka, the agency described him as single with no children.

Gov. Jay Nixon called on Missourians to pray for Engelhard’s family, who “lost a beloved son and brother.”

Neither statement tells the whole story.

Engelhard, hit by a car that lost control in the snow, was gay. He left behind a partner of nearly 15 years who was not mentioned in his obituary or official information released by the Highway Patrol, although members of the agency knew about his sexual orientation.

If Engelhard had been married, his spouse would be entitled to lifetime survivor’s benefits from the state pension system — more than $28,000 a year.

But neither the state Highway Patrol pension system nor Missouri law recognizes domestic partners.

A fraternal organization that provides benefits to the families of troopers killed in the line of duty is also unsure if it will help Engelhard’s partner.

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2 Comments »

  1. Isn’t it a very sad irony that those who think their opposition to the legalization of marriage between consenting adults is motivated by morality rather than bigotry?

    Comment by tildeb — January 30, 2010 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  2. Gay marriage is legal in the UK.

    And guess what – the world didn’t end, millions of people didn’t die of AIDS, people didn’t all of a sudden became gay – and god didn’t send bolts of lightening to kill the judges and law makers.

    Of course it should be legal – if two people want to be together that is their business.

    Comment by misunderstoodranter — February 1, 2010 @ 10:17 am | Reply


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