Hey Scott? You Won The Recall...What You Gonna Do Now? Oh Yeah, Discriminate Against The Gays!
Well, Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker managed to stave off a recall effort. Bully for him, eh? But what does that say about the people of Wisconsin who have reaffirmed their faith in a man who tried to strip teachers, firefighters, social workers, and other government employees of their collective bargaining rights?
Not so much I imagine. And so, since Scott Walker seems to think he can do whatever he wants, and do no wrong, his next trick is trying to keep The Gays from visiting their partners if they're hospitalized.
Yes. He is. Walker wants the state to stop defending its domestic partner registry on the grounds that it isn't constitutional because, as the conservative group Wisconsin Family Action says, violates the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Last week Walker filed legal documents saying the registry shouldn't be defended because it mimics marriage, and is thus unconstitutional. You know, allowing gay couples to visit one another if hospitalized. That kind of unconstitutionality.
The domestic partner registry, which includes some 1,330 couples, allows same-sex couples the right to visit each other in hospitals, make end-of-life decisions, and inherit each other's property; just like married folks, except for a whole bunch of other rights that The Gays don't get.
The gay rights group Fair Wisconsin has stepped in and pledged to defend the registry, even if the state won't. Still, Walker has definitely sent a message. He's such a passionate conservative that he'll make gay people suffer even more during the most horrible time in their lives, because that's what limited government is really all about.