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.