This is a neat slideshow about what my life and countless others lives are like.
The first couple is lucky. They can afford the legal fees entailed in getting the paperwork done.
The second couple is also lucky. They have custody of their children.
I do not.
If I lived in the state of Virginia it would be illegal for me to draw up the paperwork to protect property inheritance, hospital visitation and joint property ownership. In a lot of states even if I did have the paperwork I am not guaranteed simple hospital visitation.
Can you imagine what it is like to pack for a simple vacation? I, and countless others, make sure we bring the medical power of attorney paperwork with us. This is just to simply be able to sit with our partner in the treatment room if our partner gets sick, instead of being forced to wait in the waiting room with no information given to us because we are not related.
Sometimes, in the fight about what to call it, we lose sight of what it all really means...