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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-16-10 08:32 AM
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131. You must stil have legal, signed,advance directives
Do not forget that. Here is the important part of the memorandum:
"This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person."

It creates no rights, and it carries no enforcement powers. It is a nice thing, but it is what it is, and it is nothing more than what it is. It sure is not equality. I hope those reading these threads will not neglect to set up legal papers because they think this gives them rights. It does not. As always, without the proper legalities, the hospital employees can do as they wish in the moment, and even with the papers, they can still do as they wish without facing any form of punishment.
These issues are important at the worst of all times, so this is no area for playing political fluff games. No new rights are made by this. We still need papers to prove our relationship. People must be prepared for that. That is all that matters. We will carry the same burdens until equality is the law.
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