A conservative group, The Famiily Research Institute out of Colorado is attacking Dr. James Dobson for backing an amendment that would give access to certain benefits already available through legal contracts including hospital visitation rights.
The Rapid City Journal Reports:
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Some fellow conservatives are criticizing Focus on the Family founder James Dobson for supporting proposed Colorado legislation to give same-sex couples limited legal protections.
The proposal would smooth the way for any two people who cannot marry to register for rights to hospital visits, making medical decisions for each other and property transfers. These rights are already available to two persons but they need lawyers to prepare paperwork.
The bill, filed by a Republican opponent of gay rights, competes with a Democratic domestic partnership measure that covers gay couples and, critics say, would treat gay couples essentially the same as married couples under the law.
Dobson said he believes in equality under the law but does not want to redefine marriage.
He told his daily radio audience, “I’m used to getting beaten from the radicals, from the left. … I really find (it) very difficult to be attacked in such an unfair way from conservatives who claim to follow the cause of Christ.”
Dr. Dobson defended his decision to back the bill in February by saying it addresses fairness for a pair of people seeking benefits:
In recent statements, Focus founder Dr. James Dobson and the government lobbying arm of the Colorado Springs-based ministry have noted that the bill in question addresses the issue of “fairness” in obtaining certain benefits for a pair of people who want them. He has denied he supports “gay marriage,” civil unions, or domestic partnerships.
“What this bill is that we have endorsed is a fairness bill with regard to need, not sexual relationships,” said Dobson in a recent broadcast of the Focus on the Family radio program.
Senate Bill 266, sponsored by state Sen. Shawn Mitchell (R-District 23) would give any two adults not eligible to marry – including gay couples – easy access to certain benefits already available through legal contracts, including hospital visitation rights and authorization for medical treatment.