Hello, hello?!? What delicious irony and duplicity do I see here? A Republican United States Senator (Gordon Smith of Oregon) has introduced an important, real-life gay rights proposal…
GOP Senator Gordon Smith’s amendment would ease the tax burden for domestic partner benefits. The Domestic Partner Health Benefits Equity Act would correct an unfair provision in the tax code that blocks self-employed people from deducting their domestic partner’s health insurance premium costs.
Senator Smith was prevented from offering his amendment during a recent Finance Committee hearing because Democrat Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) threatened to rule it out of order. Now Smith has introduced his amendment to the entire Senate, but Baucus is still threatening to use arcane Senate rules to stop the amendment.
What universe did we just get transported to? The one where a Republican Senator offers common sense, pro-gay legislation and where the Democrats stand in the way? The same universe that has seen gay people offer time and treasure to the Democrat Party for decades yet has gotten nothing in return except a Democrat President who signed off on two of the most anti-gay policies in our lifetime? Oh yeah…. we’ve been living in that universe already… silly me.
Bravo to new Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon for taking on the Democrats and standing with Senator Smith. Unfortunately (yet not surprisingly), the two self-important big national gay rights groups are silent on the issue.
The Hypocrite Rights Campaign is too busy wading into the “Grey’s Anatomy” scandal as well as advertising their XM Radio program. Interestingly, the HRC was all too vocal about the legislation last year when Smith and US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced it to a Republican-controlled Senate. Now that the Democrats have the power, will HRC be satisfied? Probably.
And over at the National (Socialist) Gay & Lesbian Task Force — they are taking up their webspace bashing the President on Iraq and advertising their YouTube video. Compelling and important stuff there! Oooooooooooo.