November 2009

Marriage Texas Style = No Legal Marriage

Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a

Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, notes that a 2005 Texas constitutional amendment intended to make same-sex marriage or domestic partnership illegal and impossible in the state, is so poorly written and presented that it potentially renders all marriage in Texas after 2005 null and void. The amendment, which was duly approved by the Texas Legislature, and then overwhelmingly ratified by Texas voters, asserts first that "marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman." But then Subsection B asserts:

Student Denied Picture in School Yearbook

Ceara Sturgis is a 17-year-old senior at Wesson Attendance High School. Her mom says she’s really the perfect child—she makes all A’s, she plays soccer as well as an instrument in the school band, and she’s also in Students Against Destructive Decisions. She sure sounds like a model student to me—one that her school would be proud to showcase and highlight as a true example of school spirit and hard work.

But they won’t do that. In fact, Wesson Attendance is doing just the opposite—not allowing Ceara’s senior photo in the school yearbook—on the grounds that she is wearing a tuxedo in the picture.

It also may have something to do with Ceara being a lesbian.

Maine Says No to Gay Marriage on Election Day

In the wake of yet another Prop 8-like blow this week, the modern Civil Rights Movement is reeling from more legalized discrimination. Maine—a state that fought so hard to gain marriage rights for all and recently awarded such a right to all couples just this year—has now been reverted to a state with marriage inequality status. Their brand new beautiful law has been overturned.

What exactly are these voters so terrified of? That the sanctity of divorce, child custody disputes and asset splitting are threatened to be shared by everyone? Because let’s face it—there is no real sanctity of marriage. The only thing that’s sanctified in any union is love, and couples—no matter their gender, color, religion, or background—deserve to unify that any way they choose.