Saturday, May 26, 2007

Separate but equal, still isn't

A sequel of sorts to this post.
There is even a big catch to the much-vaunted "equal" health insurance benefits for domestic partners: when it was finally possible for me to become insured as Lia's domestic partner on her company's health plan, she would have been taxed so heavily for the value of the insurance that it wasn't worth it for me to sign up--this, in contrast to the tax-free treatment that heterosexual married couples and their children enjoy. So much for the political fiction that domestic partnership and civil union offer the same legal benefits as marriage.

--Helen Zia, "Where the Queer Zone Meets the Asian Zone", 32 Amerasia 1, p. 6, 2006.

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