Since I criticize the statist, Democratic-friendly agenda of the gay groups on a regular basis on this blog, it behooves me to credit them when they get something right.
You see, a private organization, AAA South (the affiliate of the American Automobile Association serving Florida, Georgia, Middle & West Tennessee and Puerto Rico), recognized “couples in same-sex relationships for an array of benefits and services.” (Apparently, this only applied to same-sex couples whose marriages have been recognized by a state.) In conversations with the group, Equality Florida had persuaded its management to offer such benefits.
They didn’t go to the government and demand that the state mandate such coverage. Instead, they lobbied the organization on their own. Exactly the right way to do things.
Well, once AAA South decided to do the right thing for gay and lesbian members, anti-gay groups raised a stink. So, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) sent out an “Action Alert” to those (including yours truly) on its mailing list:
Please let AAA South you appreciate their fair and principled policy. Send a thank you note now; and while you are at it, personalize your letter and ask AAA South to consider extending this service to all registered domestic partners.
This is exactly the way to handle this, one private organization lobbying another, without getting the state involved.
Kudos to Kate Kendell and the folks at NCLR (and those at Equality Florida) for promoting social change through private institutions.