“Domestic partnerships,” “civil union,” “legal recognition” are marriage by another name – and OutFront knows it.
Putting “hospital visitation,” “benefits” or even "fishing license" in front of same-sex marriage is clever but nothing more than manipulative.
It works like this:
“You believe in hospital visitation don’t you?”
Person answers yes. Who wants to be against hospital visitation?
“Then we need to legalize same-sex marriage (domestic partnerships for same-sex couples).”
Like all the major hospitals in the metro area, MFC supports hospital visitation for same-sex partners. However, we don’t support legalizing same-sex marriage for hospital visitation privileges.
OutFront claims they don’t support legalizing same-sex marriage, just redefining hospital visitation as marriage (domestic partnerships) for same-sex couples.
Decide for yourself.
From OutFront’s web
“Many organizations in Minnesota, including OutFront Minnesota, support the right of same-sex couples to enjoy some form of legal recognition. Marriage is one form that could take; others include relatively broad concepts live civil unions or domestic partnerships.”
Quote from Ann DeGroot
“As we move into the new legislative calendar, I wanted to write to you to let you know what we at OutFront Minnesota are doing to secure full legal rights for GLBT people including legal recognition of same sex relationships.”