Kafka and the National Organization for Marriage

  • Squarejaw

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    Jan 04, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    When Mark Goldberg lost his partner of 17 years, he had to battle Rhode Island bureaucracy for weeks before the state would release the body to him, even though the couple had wills, power of attorney documents, and a Connecticut marriage license.

    The National Organization sees no problem with this, saying that all the couple had to do was get a simple notarized form designating a funeral planning agent, pursuant to Rhode Island Law 5-33.1-4.

    We finally have reason to thank NOM. We keep hearing that same-sex marriage isn't necessary, that we can secure civil equality by visiting lawyers and drawing up contracts. That's false, but people don't always understand that. Luckily for us, NOM has taken this argument into the realm of satire: Mark and his partner had wills, power of attorney, and an actual marriage license? Simpletons! They should have known to go to a notary and designate each other as funeral planning agents, pursuant to R.I. Law 5-33.1-4!

    Franz Kafka wrote this kind of satire. The term "Kafkaesque" describes a world in which "characters lack a clear course of action, the ability to see beyond immediate events, and the possibility of escape. The term's meaning has transcended the literary realm to apply to real-life occurrences and situations that are incomprehensibly complex, bizarre, or illogical."

    Franz Kafka won a place in literature by creating a world of vivid and chilling bureaucratic brutality. That's the world in which NOM wants us to live.

    More here:
    http://wakingupnow.com/blog/kafka-and-nom
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    Jan 04, 2010 9:13 PM GMT
    Crap like this could seriously make a person want a person to walk into NOM headquarters and.....Photobucket

    As always, thank you for the great post, Rob. Oh, and the giant mouse at the top of your home page is a nice touch.icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 04, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite said Oh, and the giant mouse at the top of your home page is a nice touch.icon_wink.gif
    You're just ACHING for a big muscly bear to stomp into your house, chase you into the basement, loom over you, and...and...um, I'm sorry, what were we talking about?
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    Jan 05, 2010 12:14 AM GMT
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    Jan 05, 2010 3:10 AM GMT
    Squarejaw said
    GuerrillaSodomite said Oh, and the giant mouse at the top of your home page is a nice touch.icon_wink.gif
    You're just ACHING for a big muscly bear to stomp into your house, chase you into the basement, loom over you, and...and...um, I'm sorry, what were we talking about?


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    Jan 05, 2010 3:14 AM GMT
    Wait, let me bring my ball gag and handcuffs...