The marriage licenses being issued to
homosexual couples in San Francisco present an immediate problem for the
federal government. Before long (or maybe already) a newly-married
federal employee will submit new paperwork to include the new “spouse”
under the federal health benefits system. What’s a low-level bureaucrat
who finds that request in the in-box to do? The Office of Personnel Management better advise their own employees post haste. Should these “spouses” wind up qualifying for federal coverage imagine the controversy when public attention forces Bush appointees to disqualify them all because their “marriages” aren’t
valid–including, no doubt, a seriously ill partner. Looks like the
Bush Doctrine of Preemption is called for.