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July 01, 2003

SCOTUS Overview

Linda Greenhouse offers an overview of the Supreme Court's just-completed term. ("In a Momentous Term, Justices Remake the Law, and the Court" - NYT, 7/1/03)

About a week old, but this article on FindLaw briefly reports on Lawrence v. Texas, the day the decision was released. Yes, ALL people have a right to privacy, whatever their sexual orientation.

As for all the hysteria about whether same-sex marriage will come to the U.S., in the wake of this court decision and the recent developments in Canada - I hope it does. If marriage is strictly a religious sacrament, then government shouldn't be involved with the institution. Let's separate religiously sanctioned marriages from the legally valid civil unions.

There's a legal component to marriage, that should not be concerned with religious doctrine. Financial, legal, medical decisions - there are benefits that flow from being a legally recognized unit. Why should this be limited to opposite-sex couples? The issue of children is always trotted out - guess what, gay people have children too, and gay relationships can be just as stable and long-lasting as hetero ones. Given the national divorce rate, it's not exactly like heteros have a great record for family stability either.

Same-sex marriage is not about anything goes, about having absolutely no standards whatsover for who can marry. To deny people who are fellow coworkers, taxpayers, citizens, who are parents, siblings, friends - people who are otherwise equal to you - to deny them from participating in a legal life partnership - that's basically government-sanctioned discrimination.

Yours, &c., LC | 05:29 PM | Legal | Comments (2)

Comments

What bugs me is when homophobes utter misinformed generalizations like, "homosexuality is wrong because homosexuals are promiscuous" while denying legal rights to monogamous gay couples. Ummmm... hello?!

Anyway, there's a great piece, a little tongue-in-cheek, by Hendrik Hertzberg in this week's NYer.

Posted by: Mike at July 2, 2003 12:13 PM

thanks for your support lady c!

Posted by: marco at July 3, 2003 07:47 AM