The latest cover of the New Yorker magazine on newsstands today. Isn’t this terrific: Compared to Congress and the judicial branch of government, a president has few actual powers. However, his position does imbue him with the authority to influence…
As a longtime proponent of LGBT equal rights, I have to agree that yesterday’s announcement by President Barak Obama affirming the rights of all Americans to marry the person they love is a watershed moment in gay rights history. But I’m deeply disappointed he didn’t speak out before North Carolina voters approved a harsh constitutional ban against same-sex marriage that will also ban domestic partnerships, which will especially harm older adults, both gay and straight.
A growing patchwork of legal protections, ranging from estate planning laws to civil unions to full marriage equality (most recently in my state of Maryland!), has greatly strengthened the security of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender older adults in recent decades. But many LGBT elders who find themselves in need of long-term care face a number of disadvantages unique to the their community.
Today, March 1, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will sign a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in The Free State, making it the eighth nationally to extend equal rights to gay and lesbian couples wishing to marry.
I have been very passionate about this battle since I covered the landmark ruling by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial court recognizing marriage equality as a constitutional right in 2004. I believe it is one of the most important civil rights issues of the day for people of all ages, but particularly for older adults in long term care who are vulnerable to many types of discrimination.
— For older and ailing same-sex couples in California, appeals to allow marriage equality may come too late. [LATimes]Secondary SidebarDr. Bill Thomas Presents: Dr. Thomas’ Age of Disruption Tour visits 30 cities in 2016 to introduce audiences to a new and highly disruptive understanding of aging. Visit DrBillThomas.org to learn more — Don, aka “Crabby […]