A Letter to the Editor in the 10/31/06 Tomahawk Leader
To the Editor:
To marry, not to marry–who do you marry? Wisconsin citizens will be voting on the Wisconsin Marriage Amendment on Nov. 7. A very critical responsibility for our state. Have you done your research on comments made by those working so hard, spending millions of dollars to defeat this amendment? You need to check this one out before voting Nov. 7. For instance:
In the most recent issue of the Advocate, the newspaper of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging groups, they refer to a group Fair Wisconsin. If you are computer savvy, look this one up and read where they come from and who all is involved in encouraging all seniors in Wisconsin to defeat this amendment. The article is appalling, full of scare tactics and just plain untruthful in content. To convince a populace, if this amendment were to pass, that by “cohabitating” instead of being married they could lose all their benefits, or that it would create many legal expenses by being tied up in the court system has even been refuted by our own Attorney General Lautenschlager. (Who by the way is against this amendment personally).
If you receive the AARP bulletin for October 2006, their comment reads that cohabitating couples are on the increase and this is to protect their individual estates to be handled as they so desire to their heirs. Who is right? You are if you stop and think … therefore, all I ask of you, who believe this is nonsense, is to stop and really think about your own situation compared to what you are hearing in the media – do you have your paperwork done? As it relates to: wills, pensions, dispersal of your assets and estate, durable powers of attorney for health care (refutes their comment about hospital visitations and/or making decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated) – these are things any citizen can do and should do. You have the right to indicate everything as you want your estate to be handled, your hospital visitations, your health in case of incapacity and more. Have you got your paperwork done? The Wisconsin Marriage Amendment does not ban nor threaten existing or future benefit arrangements for unmarried Wisconsin couples. (As even clarified by the Attorney General Lautenschlager). There are just too many scare tactics and lies being presented in this issue because the stakes are high for the homosexual community particularly.
They also are no different than you and I for getting their paperwork done either. Why do so many individuals consider living together and not remarrying? – You know why, and it is to protect your estate for your heirs as well as keeping benefits you know are better in most cases individually. This is not an endorsement for cohabitating outside of marriage as each couple (male and female) must make decisions to their best interests. This is an endorsement to get out and vote yes for Wisconsin Marriage Amendment on Nov. 7. It has much more far reaching consequences than catering to the whims of one special interest group using false notions to defeat such an important piece of legislation. The iceberg is getting very slippery, let’s not be so naïve to believe that we want to get on the sled. Think about it.
Caring for Wisconsin families