Sunday, December 19, 2004

SSA institutes novel way to avoid discriminating against gay marriages

The Social Security Administration is rejecting marriage documents issued for heterosexual couples in four communities that performed weddings for gay couples earlier this year.

The agency is rejecting all marriage certificates issued in New Paltz, N.Y., after Feb. 27, when the town's mayor began marrying gay couples, according to town officials.

Certificates issued during the brief periods when Asbury Park, N.J., Multnomah County, Ore., and Sandoval County, N.M., recognized gay marriages are also being rejected.

Susie Kilpatrick, 30, of New Paltz, said the local Social Security office told her that no marriage documents issued after Feb. 27 could be used to establish identity because of the gay marriages that took place there earlier this year. About 125 heterosexual couples have been married since then.

Kilpatrick said her marriage certificate was rejected when she went to get a new card earlier this month so she could take her husband's name.

As ridiculous as this sounds to the people of the Blue, this policy actually quite consistent with Red state logic. As noted below, they want to quarantine US citizens simply by virtue of the fact they worship Allah. Why then would they lose any sleep over tarring straight New Paltzers with a pink brush? Being the party of "personal responsibility" means never having to make such subtle distinctions.


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