Skip to comments."Paradise Lost" (Washington Post re: Lesbians' Exit from Virginia)
Posted on 12/18/2005 5:42:02 PM PST by tsipple
Barbara Kenny's eyes narrow as she cranks the faucet in a freshly painted bathroom of what will soon be her new home in Frederick. [....]
"This just makes me madder and madder," Barbara says, staring out the window at the bare February landscape. "I mean, this is a perfectly fine house, it's just not where we want to be."
Where they want to be is Virginia, in the little townhouse in downtown Fredericksburg they've owned for 17 years, in the community they've come to treasure. It took them three decades of isolation and living in the closet to find Fredericksburg, and come out as lesbians. [....]
[They] were watching television in their living room rocking chairs in the summer of 2004 when they heard the news they'd been dreading for months. A new law in Virginia had taken effect, called the Affirmation of Marriage Act. It declared that couples like them were not entitled to any of the benefits or protections that straight, married couples got. [....]
For Barbara and Tibby, the legal language it used was scary: A civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage is prohibited and such an arrangement entered into in another state or jurisdiction is void in Virginia and any contractual rights created thereby are void and unenforceable.
Tibby initially refused to believe that the legislation was aimed at Barbara and her. They were law-abiding, low-key Virginians, people who ran their neighborhood homeowners association, called bingo nights at the firehouse and served on their church's board of trustees. "That's not meant to include us. It means people who come from other states," Tibby said with her typically earnest tone to Barbara, who responded with a typically skeptical look.
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"honey, is it time to clean the carpet?"
"The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name has become The Love That Won't Shut The F#ck Up"
For a community that supposedly has and agenda and strategic planning it is particularly stupid to whine that they have to leave the state because of a protection of marriage act.... Do they think the people who supported this act will change their minds if it causes gay people to leave the state?
Nobody is forcing them out. They are free to live whatever life they please.
But we are no longer compelled to recognise it.
Ooohhhh, scarrrrrryyyyy. Everything we don't like is so scarrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Everybody who doesn't do what we want is so scarrrryyyyy. We're so scarrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeeddddddddddd. We better run, we better hide, big bad meanies are so scarrrrrrrryyyyyyyy.
Trying to check if I give a damn.................Nope, stil don't.
There's always that pervert magnet called San Fransicko they can move to.
So are they leaving or not?
bbbbbwwwwwaaaahhhhaaaaaa!!! Thanks, I needed that big laugh!!!
My first thought after reading the initial few words was that she had a bad case of penis envy. Then, after reading further, MY eyes narrowed when I realized I'd have two angry, man-hating, shapeless, frumpy women who smell of wet dog in my community.
Let me see if I have this right. They've lived a great life for 17 years in a community that respects them, and just because a law affirming marriage between a man and woman (which has been the status quo for far more than the last 17 years), is approved by the voters, they feel like they have to move?
Maybe they should move to MA.
"For Barbara and Tibby, the legal language it used was scary"
Billy Bob and Miss Ewe sat on their porch when they heard the news. Billy Bob looked at Miss Ewe's sad woolen face, and said, "Next thing you know, it will mean us too." Miss Ewe, looked down at the carrot she was chewing on, and let out a sad, "baaaaa." And then lowered her head and nuzzled his knee.
Pair of Dykes Lost....?
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