"I don't know if there are any assisted living facilities around that will allow us to share a room if we are not legally married," said Mary Beth Brindley, 65, who has been with her partner Evelyn Hall, 66, for 45 years -- a relationship they kept secret for 37 years while living in the deep South. "That's a very real concern for us."
But don't worry Ms Brindley, the people who voted against your 45-year-old love affair don't really want you to live alone! They like you, they really like you! Apparently.
Kelly Clark, attorney for the Defense of Marriage Coalition, said many people who voted for Measure 36, the Oregon amendment to ban gay marriage, nonetheless feel strongly that gay couples should have an equal shot at the legal benefits of marriage.
"It's what I've felt from the beginning and I have consistently said this to gay friends," Clark said. "So what kind of alternatives can we craft? And whatever alternative mechanisms we find have to be fair."
Oh, please. Like she has any gay friends. "So, what are you working on at the moment, Kelly?" "Oh, just this little rule thingie that'll stop you ever thinking you're equal to straight people in the eyes of the law." "Really? That's nice."