David Harsanyi, a Denver Post columnist who once referred to the outcome of a transgender workplace discrimination case as “government-backed blackmail,” is now focusing on same-sex couples in his latest article, and shelling out advice amid the failure of Referendum I.
The guidance? Just get a lawyer. Or if you can’t afford one, then just pretend that you’re entitled to legal rights.
From the column:
Secondly, the letter writer, and so many others, simply misunderstand social conservatives. I’ve come to know many evangelicals, and they do not view their opposition to gay marriage as a form of intolerance. It’s precisely the opposite. They see it as a defense of children, family and the common good.
And here comes one solution…that might not even work:
Joffe stresses that each situation is different, so see a lawyer.
“Even if you have everything, there is no guarantee you won’t have to fight,” he goes on. “But at least, with the paperwork, you’ll have a much better chance of success.”
But what if same-sex couples can’t afford a lawyer?
So, I would modestly add another suggestion. Just because the state tells you you’re not married doesn’t mean you shouldn’t act or feel married.
You know, say things in public like … “My handsome husband and I went to see so and so,” or … “My wife! Isn’t she just soooo beautiful?”
But pretending doesn’t offer much comfort to individuals like this letter writer in the Rocky Mountain News, who asks honestly if she is a second-class citizen in Colorado:
But, the truth is, I am not immoral, I have faith and a spiritual life. I am a legal citizen of the United States, born and raised in Colorado, and I will not rest easy at night until I know my rights as a citizen will be accounted for.