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    Filed at 6:33 am under by dcobranchi

    Reading through this one, I thought possibly two stories got merged by accident:

    The most sweeping amendments, if passed, would ban civil unions and allow social conservatives to challenge the ability of governmental entities and private companies to offer domestic partnership benefits. Also in jeopardy, say legal experts, are parenting and real estate agreements, wills, powers of attorney, and other valuable legal documents that gay and lesbian couples are increasingly using to achieve some of the protections automatically provided by marriage.

    “We’re talking about language that very clearly bans civil unions and very broadly will ban anything and everything that would be a way for couples to protect each other,” says Leslie Shear, a law professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-chair of the school’s Family Law Project.

    For Vahey and Taylor, that would be a nightmare.

    And it would be a nightmare for Aurora Greane, too. Asked what grade she’s in, Aurora doesn’t have a ready answer.

    “I’m in a variety of grades,” chirps the seven-and-a-half-year-old, who reads at the third and fourth grade level and spells at the second grade level.

    “That’s part of the beauty of homeschooling,” explains her mother, Debra. “She can learn at whatever level she’s at.”

    Aurora is working on math problems alongside her mom as sun streams through the large windows of the family’s new home in Madison, Wisconsin. The family moved to larger quarters to make room for Debra’s elderly mom, who will soon be moving in.

    As is made clear a bit further down, the family is headed by two women. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 🙂

    One Response to “WHIPLASH”


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 9th, 2006
    at 12:38 pm

    I’d really like to hear from Mike Farris how granting these women legal status undercuts traditional marriage. Would Mike argue that it’d be better to send the girl back to the g-schools?