DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     October 8-10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 192

NEWS & VIEWS
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CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP LAW

        SACRAMENTO (CWNews.com) - California Democrat Gov. Gray Davis last Saturday signed a controversial new domestic partnership bill into law, allowing partners of heterosexual and homosexual state employees over the age of 62 the right to the same job-related benefits enjoyed by married couples.

        While state Democrats contend the law is designed to benefit seniors who would lose Social Security benefits if they were to marry, Republicans countered that Social Security benefits are a federal problem that doesn't require the dilution of the understanding of family.

        The California GOP, in a statement, said that while the intent of the program is obviously to advance the radical homosexual agenda, their greatest concern was its provision for heterosexual couples. They pointed to studies showing that marriage is the building block of a healthy society, and central to the nurturing and raising of children. But they noted that the marriage rate has dropped 43 percent in the last 50 years and the new law will only further discourage people from marrying.

        "The recognition and support of unmarried cohabitation unfortunately casts marriage as merely one of several alternative lifestyle choices," according to a study by Rutgers University's National Marriage Project. "As the alternatives are strengthened, the institution of marriage is bound to weaken."

        The new law came after Davis signed into law two other controversial bills that would require health plans to cover contraception, even if employers funding those plans for their employees have legitimate faith-based objections to contraception.


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October 8-10, 1999       volume 10, no. 192
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