In These Times has a moving interview this month with rancher Samuel K. Beaumont, whose five-year legal battle to keep the Bristow, Okla., ranch that he and his late partner, Earl Meadows, shared for 24 years is chronicled in the documentary film "Tying the Knot." After Meadows died in 2000, "a gaggle of his long-lost cousins went to court and evicted Beaumont from the 80-acre ranch, taking at once his home and his livelihood." The case is not unlike Laurel Hester's battle to leave her pension benefits to her gay partner, though where Hester's story led to a change in New Jersey policy Beaumont has encountered much resistance.Show me the straight family that has been hurt by gays and lesbians getting married, adopting, or leaving each other property the way that this family has been hurt by legally sanctioned homophobia.
Beaumont and Meadows raised five children on the ranch -- three from Beaumont's previous relationship with a woman and two who "we kind of adopted along the way," Beaumont says. Although Meadows left the ranch to Beaumont in his will, which was also signed by a notary public, the judge hearing the case decided that another signature was required.
What, what, is so dangerous about homosexual humans getting to live normal lives and do things the rest of us take for granted? Where's the big threat?
In truth, it's the relationships of gays and lesbians that are under attack, and their families that are being torn apart. The "Pro-Family" homophobes are in fact anti-family.
See also this post a few days ago at Feministe about the similarly Orwellian nature of the term "Pro-Family" in the context of abortion.