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January 18th, 2008

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09:19 pm - Annoying but useful privilege
amberite is in the process of setting off for her vacation from her teaching job and is about to travel all around China and then to Thailand. Unfortunately, as happened before when she used her credit card in China, the credit card's fraud protection department called her up here to make certain that these charges were not fraudulent - seemingly because all uses of US credit cards in China are assumed to be fraudulent unless proven otherwise. Last time, she was able to resolve this via their website. For some reason, that did not work this time, and she was instructed to call their office in the US - a process that is both expensive and quite difficult from China, likely moreso if you cannot put the call on your credit card. So, she emailed me to call them and see what I should do. Using past experiences in other matters, I immediately identified myself as her husband, and so the people were very nice and gave me instructions to relay to amberite about how to call them collect from China. Using het/married privilege is deeply annoying (if also amusing), but also exceptionally useful. OTOH, these days they might not have blinked if teaotter had been the one to all them and have said that she was amberite's wife, so perhaps things are more advanced than I would have expected - I have no idea.
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Date:January 19th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
I noticed that as soon as we got married. The first thing that happened was that I was able to put him on my medical insurance. The next week, rialian had locked himself out of the house. I was able to say "My husband is locked out - I have to leave now," and I was told to go and assist him without hesitation...
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Date:January 19th, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
I've never been legally married to anyone, but I've called Becca my wife on all manner of official occasions over the years and have never had a problem - it cuts through all manner of red tape quite easily.
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Date:January 19th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
It took 3 claims for our (that would be dancemajick and I) car/house insurance carrier to get use to speaking to us a couple, then again sometime last year I got a letter from them stating that their policies had changed regarding non-married couples and processes would be streamlined, being a process engineer and know the security that has to be maintained, I was suprised they actually did it, but we are both on the policy.
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Date:January 19th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
*nods* I expect things will take considerably more time with poly triads, but at least with GLBT couples, services and corporate reactions do seem significantly improved over a decade ago. With luck, after the next election we'll see more of these changes back by laws.
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Date:January 21st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
damn, we HAVE come a long way. Almost makes me want to get married just for the tax break (Laugh) Seriously, though, our society IS finally making some advancements for those that don't follow the "social norm", and personally I think it's great.

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