State employees are now able to insure their domestic partners regardless of gender or marital status. The insurance comes at significant cost to the employee as the federal government treats the benefits as taxable income, but Julaine Appling of Wisconsin Family Action claims to be concerned about the cost to the state, saying;
“It’s unfortunate at a time of great economic crisis it’s going to cost taxpayers more to give these employees special benefits.”
Appling is wrong multiple counts.
These are not special benefits, merely equal benefits that would apply to any married couple.
The state of the economy has no bearing on Appling or her hateful organization’s opposition to shared benefits.
Equal protection under the law is never unfortunate.
Although Wisconsin Family Action’s website proclaims the virtues of “life and liberty” without the caveat “for straight people only” the group will attack any advancement in the civil rights of gay citizens. The group goes beyond advocating “traditional marriage” to actively oppose a system of benefits that attempts to provide equity yet still costs a gay couple more than a married couple. When “married couple” does not inherently signify heterosexuality, Wisconsin will be one step closer to liberty.
But liberty is a concept selectively applied by WFA. They state “pornography…must be controlled by the government,” “we oppose stem-cell research” and “the expansion of casinos.”
Liberty is neither practiced or achieved by imposing government regulation on every action that offends someones sensibilities.
The lesson is, Wisconsin Family Action is no friend of liberty and Scott Walker isn’t the only person who will oppose equal rights under the guise of recession.