You see, dear reader, we don't want marriage because we're lost lil puppy dogs looking for "acceptance" or "sanctioned existence." Fuck acceptance.
A woman Wednesday sued a Miami hospital that last year refused to allow her to see her critically ill partner of 18 years because they were not considered family.
Janice Langbehn and Lisa Pond of Lacey, Wash., had planned to take their three children on a family cruise departing from Miami, but just as they were about to embark, Pond, 39, collapsed with a brain aneurysm, according to Lambda Legal, which is handling the case.
Pond was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, where, except for one five-minute visit, neither Langbehn nor the children were allowed to see Pond until nearly eight hours after their arrival.
This neglect persisted even after a friend back home faxed documents indicating that Pond had given Langbehn authority to carry out medical decisions, according to St. Petersburg Pride, which named Langbehn its 2008 Pride marshal "to put a personal face on the consequences" of the proposed Florida constitutional marriage ban on November's ballot.
Langbehn's suit also claims that the state and the Dade County medical examiner denied her access to Pond's death certificate, which she needed to get life insurance and Social Security benefits for their children. (The Advocate)
You know what good a "civil union" is when you're traveling abroad? Crap. Just as it's crap here in the United States.