Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Gay Marriage – Short Crib Sheet to What's Going On in the News

From Ash:

Every day, I consider blogging about what's going on relating to gay marriage, but each day, I always think that tomorrow would be better, because then I'll know the results of that day. Then new news comes along.

So I decided just to post a brief summary of the major events relating to gay marriage that are going on right now, with links to news articles, etc. that give things in more detail, in case you're having the same difficulty keeping up as I am.

Massachusetts:

In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court had previously upheld gay marriage in its decision Goodridge v. Public Health.

Then, on Monday, in Schulman v. Attorney General, the state's highest court upheld the ability to amend the state constitution to prohibit gay marriage, even though the amendment would effectively overturn their earlier decision.

Today, the state legislature may be voting on such an amendment in a Constitutional Convention: if passed, the amendment would thereafter go on the Massachusetts ballot. (Boston Globe)

New York

Last Thursday, New York's highest appellate court found that its state's law, which prohibits gay marriage, is valid. (AP article New York Times)

By the way, you might notice that the court's called the Court of Appeals. In New York, that's the equivalent to what everyone else would call the state's Supreme Court, so the only way to overturn its ruling is for the legislature to pass a new law, or to find a way to challenge the ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Georgia

Just hours after New York's court issued its ruling, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld its state's constitutional amendment banning on gay marriage. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution AP via Minn Star-Telegraph)

California

This Tuesday, a California Court of Appeals began debating its state's ban on gay marriage. But compared to the Georgia and New York decisions, this is just an interim appellate proceeding: regardless of this ruling, you can expect this to be appealed to the state's Supreme Court. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Spain

And just in case you hadn't heard, Pope Benedict just ended a trip to Spain.

Spain – a country traditionally thought of as being very Catholic – has become increasingly secular, recently passing a lot of laws that the papacy does not approve of. One of those was to legalize gay marriage. The pope hadn't even gotten off the airplane in Spain before reporters started asking about it. In the following days, he repeatedly addressed marriage as being a sacred institution between a man and woman, only. (BBC)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like many things I believe this needs grass roots action. Most non-gay people do not have an opinion on 'gay marriage' until a friend is caught in the quagmire of words..

Why don't we non-gay people who support gay unions start calling our own marriages civil partnerships, and lobby our reps to make that change in law?

Now to allow gay couples to adopt is a different matter altogether!

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you looked at places like Sweden? I think it is legal now for two people of the same sex to get married there.

Yes, I have heard about the Pope's comments during his visit to Spain. I am not Catholic but perhaps someone can explain to me. From what I understand of the Catholic religion, it is very important that people marry and have many children. Is it possible that the official theory is "gay + marriage = no kids"? And "man + woman => marriage & kids"? I am trying to understand here.

Think about the past. There was a time when it was against the law in parts of the USA for a white person to marry someone who was not white. I hesitate to say "race" because we all are members of the human race.

Hayley

7:33 AM  
Blogger Ashley Merryman said...

Hayley,

I believe the countries that have legalized same-sex marriage thus far are: Canada, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium. Sweden allows for a form of registration of same-sex partners, giving them essentially the same legal rights as married couples, but they don't get married per se.

It's such a great question regarding Catholicism, that I'd rather blog about it, instead of just slam it in to a comment.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Ashley Merryman said...

Also this week: A Nebraska Court of Appeals upheld its state's ban on gay marriage as well.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Ashley Merryman said...

And the Tennessee Supreme Court said an initiative to ban gay marriage can go on its state ballot.

8:49 AM  
Anonymous Jimtomson said...

I will marriage in London

9:06 AM  
Blogger frantisek said...

Gay marriage or what ever you decide to call it is a mile stone in human history. The pope and churches are furious. It's killing their doctrine and diminishing their influence. There is not a man and a woman issue. There is a loss of controll issue.

Me and my partner of 6 years have been separated. I had to leave the US due to a family emergency without any chance of comming back. At least as it looks right now. Being from the Czech Republic originally, I wasn't granted visa.

Well, what we can do is to get married. I refuse the fake paper marriages to US citizens as humiliating. Although, I understand them. However, my country, on the other hand, doesn't allow civil unions of or to non residents though. So for us one way right now is to go and get married in Spain. Yes, the old catholic Spain. This country has, as now, probably the most liberal law in Europe. And to obtain the european residency for my partner should not be impossible.

http://www.spanish-living.com/gay-spain.php

The only problem we face now is me not having spanish residency.. I've been searching the internet and found a lot of different information regarding that. Some of them even mention that application of this law varies in different parts of the country. I decided to move there anyway, so, hope that will not be an issue for us.

Red some stats here regarding legality of same sex relationships. So, i'm sending the link where you can find a map of gay friendly EU laws.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage_in_Spain

11:48 PM  

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