The adventures of Ozzie and Harry New Mexico residents hoping for some forward movement on domestic-partnership legislation will have to wait a little longer. A sign recently posted on the door of the room in the Roundhouse where the Senate Finance Committee meets states that no domestic-partnership legislation— specifically the controversial SB 183, which a Senate Public Affairs panel voted to send to Finance— will be heard until the House Appropriations Bill (HB 2) is considered. And that could take a while.
Some argue that domestic-partnership legislation will lead to the legalization of samesex marriage, thus threatening the “sanctity of traditional marriage.” For a sideways look at what “traditional” marriage was once widely considered to be, pick up a copy of Cider Mill Press’s laugh-inducing novelty book,
The Good Wife Guide: 19 Rules for Keeping a Happy Husband (a Good Husband Guide is also available). It’s a collection of 1950s-era photographs and short lessons to help the good wife learn how to keep the man of the house in a chipper mind-set. Take for instance rule 18, titled “Between the Sheets,” which reminds the lady of the house to “be a tantalizing temptress in those few, short minutes before your husband falls asleep. Once he’s out like a light, you can steal a few more ‘ home work’ minutes, rolling out the dough for tomorrow morning’s light and flaky Danish.” Ah, traditional marriage. Now— who wants a heapin’ scoop of progress? Happy Valentine’s Day. To everyone. Equally.