Even as the number of states legalizing same-sex marriage will soon grow to 16, most states like Mississippi refuse to recognize such unions or to help dissolve them. Gay couples who move to those states after marrying elsewhere face roadblocks if they wish to divorce, as do couples from those states who make a brief foray out-of-state to get married.
Often, such couples in non-recognition states would have to move back to the state where they were married and establish residency in order to get divorced _ an option that can be unworkable in many cases.
"The idea you can't go to your local courthouse and file for divorce is very disruptive," said Peter Zupcofska, a Boston lawyer who has represented many gay and lesbian clients in marriage and divorce cases. "It's an enormous waste of effort and time."
The right to divorce isn't as upbeat a topic as the right to marry, but gay-rights lawyers and activists say it's equally important.
"The marriage system is a way we recognize and protect the commitments people make to their partner," said James Esseks, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project at the American Civil Liberties Union.
"Part of that system is creating a predictable, regularized way of dealing with the reality that relationships sometimes end," he said. "Those are the times people are the worst to each other, and that's why we have divorce courts. There's got to be an adult in the room."
The Arkansas Supreme Court today reversed a lower court child custody order that prohibited a parent from having overnight visitation with his child in the presence of his long-term domestic partner. The ruling ends a widespread practice in Arkansas custody cases of courts automatically barring parents from living with an unmarried partner regardless of the circumstances.
A Pulaski County judge had ordered that it was in the child’s best interest to have overnight visitation with his father, John Moix. However, Moix’s partner was barred from being present in their home during any overnight visitation. The judge imposed this restriction despite determining that the father and his partner have lived together in a committed relationship for at least five years and that the partner poses no threat to the health, safety, or welfare of Moix’s son.
It...represents an important precedent that will allow courts to determine what’s best for children on a case-by-case basis, sparing same-sex couples from always being discriminated against in such circumstances.
Moix and Cornelius have indicated interest in traveling to Iowa to marry, but their circumstances would not change in this case because the Arkansas constitution would prohibit recognition of that union.
A year after gay marriage became legal in Maine most voters think it's no big deal. 72% say gay marriage has had no impact on their lives, with 15% saying it's had a positive impact on them and just 13% claiming it's had a negative effect on them. Even among voters opposed to gay marriage in the state 70% acknowledge that it hasn't actually had any ill effect on their lives.
Last year voters approved gay marriage by 6 points at the polls. Now voters say they support it by a 17 point margin, 54/37. It's 57/31 among independents, and voters under 30 favor it 65/26. For the most part voters' reaction is that it's just not a big deal.
According to a report in the New York Times, they appear to be waging a whisper campaign spreading false claims such as that ENDA would require insurers to cover sex change operations, that it'd lead to children being taught by men in dresses and that it'd require Christian bookstores to hire drag queens.
Burn up the phone lines. Tell senators "No" on ENDA before they make it a crime to fire a pedophile.
During one recent class discussion a Mount St. Mary student stated that people do not choose their traits or qualities, but are born with them and should not be judged on that basis. I concurred with her observation. There was no negative comparison of Down Syndrome in relation to any other human condition. I shared more than one example of my own family members who have faced public reaction due to their birth conditions; one of them was born with Down Syndrome. I made the point that we must show compassion and sensitivity to everyone, respecting them for who they are and who God made them to be. Later, when a faculty member asked me about my choice of examples, I realized that I should have chosen a different example to illustrate the value of respecting everyone for their intrinsic worth.”
He'll vote yes on ENDA.This is big news. ENDA is the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. It prevents discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Pryor, with West Virginia's Joe Manchin, was one of only two Democrats who had not said they would vote for the legislation, which has had a long and difficult history in Congress. It was approved in the House in 2007 but stymied by Senate filibusters. Gay rights groups think they now have enough Democrat and Republican votes to beat a Senate filibuster and Sen. Harry Reid announced this week that he intended to bring the measure to a vote. Passage in the Republican controlled House remains unlikely.
My niece is a lesbian. She's a school teacher. Her employment shouldn't be affected with that. We should have a law that says that, not just the good graces of wherever you work.Polls show, too, that most Americans say they don't believe sexual orientation should be ground for employment discrimination. They say that. Do they mean it?
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