The right way:
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. proposed some limited medical decision-making rights for unmarried couples today, offering a bill that his staff said keeps a commitment he made nine months ago when he vetoed a more expansive piece of legislation dealing with gay and heterosexual unmarried couples......
The new bill would apply to anyone -- married or unmarried -- who chooses to register an advance directive specifying end-of-life medical care wishes with the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Gay men and women could designate a partner as the person who would make decisions, in accordance with their wishes, if they were unable to do so for themselves.
The wrong way:
Two leading Democrats said Monday they want to ask Colorado voters to decide whether the state should legalize domestic partnerships for same-sex couples, calling it a legal issue, not a debate over traditional marriage values.
Why, you ask?
I'll give you a hint. What kind of and how many couples would benefit from the first, versus the second?