Recent Media Coverage
With only six weeks until Election Day, coverage of the ban is increasing. A few highlights from the weekend:
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel takes a close look at religious organizations' involvement in the fight. And, Fr. Massingale, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee wrote an op-ed (that is currently not online) in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald. In the article he examines his Catholic faith to urge a "no" vote:
Human rights, according to Catholic social teaching, are inalienable because they are inherent in us because of who we are, regardless of our behavior -- children of God, created in God's image and likeness. This image of God is independent of race, class, ethnicity, social status or personal morality. Even hardened criminals remain children of God, with rights to life, heath care, and basic dignity. The same is true for people who live in a manner contrary to church teachings on sexuality.The Eau Claire Leader Telegram published a front-page feature and sidebar about the ban. In it, Christina Mae Olson, the financial planner who wrote this excellent editorial is quoted:
“What does ‘substantially similar’ mean, exactly? In order to protect their financial lives, unmarried couples must take many extra steps to structure their lives to be just this — substantially similar to marriage.Tom Sheehan says in the Racine Journal Times the vote is mostly about politics; and the opinion page editor of the Wausau Daily Herald writes in PackersNews.com that this debate "must proceed honestly."
“They pay good money for legal and tax advice to insure their status as a couple is honored legally,” she said. “They have to title their property in a certain way. They use trusts to pass assets to each other without excessive taxation at death.
“The steps give unmarried individuals a status substantially similar to marriage. The ban could very likely take these strategies away.”