New news in gay marriage around the world.
According to the Miami Herald, it is a good day indeed to be gay in California. Seriously, California gays haven't been this excited since that first guy matched short shorts with roller blades. The California Supreme Court said that domestic partnership is not an acceptable substitute for marriage and by a 4 to 3 margin ruled that gays should be able to get hitched.
As you would expect, some anti-gay marriage groups are pretty unhappy about this. They pledge to get enough signatures to put a constitutional ban on the fall legislative docket. The Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, has twice vetoed legislation that would legalize marriage between any consenting adults. But Schwarzenegger said that he respects the court's decision and won't make waves of his own. He appreciates the vigor with which the gay advocates fought and appreciates their "ultra-defined abs and firm buttocks."
Interesting that the Miami Herald, San Fran Gate, and NY Times all had something on this story. What, demographically, is the most common factor of these 3 cities?
It's been a while since we've sported this feature, but there’s new news on the gay marriage front this week. First the 'against.'
Gay marriage is still illegal in Michigan (like most of the United States). But as a result of the illicit nature of man-man and lady-lady marriages in MI, same-sex couples are getting the shaft (or the fist) when it comes to benefit rights, per the Boston Herald. Twenty universities, school districts, and municipalities are now under no obligation to extend healthcare coverage to partners of their employees. The Herald says that this will affect up to 375 people. While gay rights advocates are disappointed by the decision, they feel that the public institutions will just have to rewrite their policies to cover atypical domestic arrangements. We're willing to bet that this will fuel to the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, "You know how we know Spartans are gay? They're domestic partners lack basic healthcare coverage."
And the 'for.'
The continent-nation of Australia is getting closer and closer to allowing gays full marriage rights. The attorney General Robert McClelland, says that legislation to be introduced next month will give gay Aussies the same basic rights as heteros. The one caveat, according to Yahoo News, is that the gay relationships will not be called 'marriages,' but something like 'same-sex, legally binding relationship with all the rights and privileges of a standard of a standard man-woman marriage as long as you don't call it a marriage.' It's a pretty good compromise. Or as Sammy Davis Jr once never said, "Some cats dig chicks and some cats dig cats. If it's OK with Australia's parliament and the man upstairs, then it's fine by me." And Bill Shakespeare once made some joke about roses being pretty awesome even if you were to call them something else.
This was a slow week (March 21 – March 27) in gay marriage.
1: Basically the only newsworthy event in this news cycle was a dust-up between H&R Block and the ACLU. The American Civil Liberties Union thinks that H&R Block's online text software ought to have an option for civil unions. The site says to contact H&R Block by phone or come to one of their many locations for help in this regard. The ACLU contends that it's a pricier option that is also more time consuming, so no deal, pencil-pusher. Doesn't the ACLU typically just get into arguments with the government? Read more from the Houston Chronicle about this scrum.
This week (March 14 – March 20) had 3 main stories in gay marriage/ unmarried couples rights:
1: We know a few things about the great nation of Norway. For instance, their capital is Oslo. Their currency is the Euro. They one of the most expensive standards of living on Earth, which is good as they have the 2nd highest GDP. And the kids there whose parents get divorced make bad grades. And they’re tolerant and respectful of other cultures and lifestyles. Slightly more wholesome than the Dutch, which is weird. They have allowed gay civil unions for half a decade but are now poised to give Norlandish gays full marriage rights. Basically, gay couples had to jump through hoops for adoption and were barred access to state-run fertility programs. Read more about Norwegian gay rights from Aftenposten…
2: Hometown Annapolis is reporting that although the Maryland State Senate shot down gay marriage this year they’ve decided to pass a bill that will give unwed couples more rights in making medical decisions for each other. They have to prove a certain level of interdependency i.e. joint residence and accounts. Crab-cakes and football, that's what Maryland does, wooo!
3:According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee decided to pass a constitutional ban on gay marriage. So, sweet mustaches won’t be able to meet in sweet matrimony. That’s a bummer for yins gay Bill Cowher lookalikes.
Little known fact: Our favorite movie that takes place in rural Pennsylvania is All The Right Moves. Craig T. Nelson, Tom Cruise, the late Chris Penn, and Lea Thompson; 2 words: rent it.
If you're keeping score at home that's basically a wash for gay marriage: 1-1-1 this week.