With a state that has homeless people to take care of and businesses fleeing the state, this is not the political opportunity to help bridge the country together.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is not a bad man, but he wants to be considered much more progressive than his party, the DNC, claims to be.
When he was the mayor of San Francisco, in 2004, Newsom granted marriage rights to gay couples, despite neither the state, nor the country had made gay marriage legal. Much of the fuss was about whether or not “domesticated couples” were being treated equal in the eyes of the law and society. He determined they weren’t, and since his Donkey party led by John Kerry at the time, wasn’t moving forward, he became the voice for the voiceless.
At the time he was viewed as a hybrid hero — part revolutionary, part heretic. Keep in mind, in 2004 Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama and Joe Biden had not come out in favor of gay marriage yet. So, his recent California bill giving straight couples/opposite-sex duos the opportunity to forgo marriage and go into the legal “friends with health benefits” status seems like a step back and not a step forward.
Obviously, Newsom wants to be on the “right side of history,” hence is gay marriage movement. “I had no right to do this,” Newsom, acknowledged when he was the California lieutenant governor. “We didn’t have the formal authority. But we tried to exercise our moral authority and challenge the laws.”
Yet, one must ask, if the idea of domestic partnerships is “regressive,” once no longer needed, why expand its power to the straight community?
“Couples should be able to protect their relationships under the law by registering as domestic partners, without being forced to marry,” San Francisco Democratic State Sen. Scott Wiener said in a news release. “(This law) brings long overdue parity to same-sex and opposite-sex couples.”
My question, is this what the Governor and California should be focusing on? With a state that has homeless people to take care of and businesses fleeing the state, this is not the political opportunity to help bridge the country together. I didn’t hear a lot of my unmarried friends cry about their rights. Nor do I think a lot of straight couples are looking to waive marriage now that they can make t-shirts or write on the back of their car “Just Domesticated.”
Democrats don’t need to “win” California anymore. Ironically, these little thumb-in-the-eye to Republicans only hurts them more than help. While I’m sure there are a percentage of people who will benefit, this bill is a waste of California’s time.
“In modern society, couples define their relationships in many different ways, not only through marriage,” Wiener wrote in his news release.
“Couples should be able to protect their relationships under the law by registering as domestic partners, without being forced to marry. SB 30 brings long overdue parity to same sex and opposite sex couples.”
While parity and equality are a big issue among Democrats, this bill isn’t going to be the one that changes much. From a conservative angle, discouraging marriage in California is not ideal. Married people tend to buy homes, establish residency more often, and have children. Those children tend to spend their parent’s money. Married people, both on the left and the right, make economies better.
It’s odd to me to say that, as a single man in my late 30s, but truth is truth, and there is a reason that Ventura County communities like Westlake and Thousand Oaks do so well. They might have a lot of divorces, but they also have a lot of marriages.
One thing that makes people upset about the political process is when politicians try to “look” like they care, when in fact they are only pushing forward their own political agenda to give themselves brownie points. Gavin Newsom is a real presidential hopeful in 2024 if President Donald Trump pulls off a second term. He should start acting like it.
There is only so much political currency out there to spend and wasting time on a domestic partnership bill is not going to make America or, let alone, California, better in the long run.
Newsom is the governor now; he’s no longer a mayor. He needs to act like it.
Editor’s note: Glad Moomjean isn’t running for president.