Sunday, July 3, 2011

Homosexual Marriage Laws - #3044 - Five Impacts of the New York Same-Sex Marriage Vote - Heritage Foundation (2) Gay Couples Suing New Jersey to Force State to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage - The Blaze (3) Does New York's Gay Marriage Law Protect Those Who Oppose Same-Sex Unions - The Blaze

The New York legislature’s June 24 vote to redefine the family and recognize homosexual marriage will have a number of short-term and long-term impacts within and well beyond the Empire State.[1] The vote does not signal an end to the now two-decade fight over the meaning of marriage. A new phase—not an endgame—has begun. Here are five key impacts whose full import will unfold in the coming months  1. The vote continues an adverse trend for marriage law in New York.  Last year, the Empire State became the 50th state to repeal a fault-based divorce law.[2] Weakened emphasis on the durability of marriage as a heterosexual institution has helped to undermine the stability of the institution and has contributed to the rising incidence of cohabitation and out-of-wedlock births, a phenomenon that is now nearly universal in Western nations.[3]  Rather than a natural institution designed to bring the two sexes together around the mutual task of forming homes and raising the next generation of children, marriage has become in some locales a list of temporary bargains between adults that is meant to secure interests and benefits. The result is a less child-centered, duty-based, and future-focused institution. Redefining marriage continues a trend away from policies that focus social resources on children and long-term civil society.  Read more......

Gay Couples Suing New Jersey to Force State to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage - The Blaze - Seven gay and lesbian New Jersey couples, along with many of their children, are going to court to try to force the state to recognize gay marriage.  The families say in their legal complaint that the state’s civil union law designed to give gay couples the same legal protections as married couples has not fulfilled that promise.  One man says he was denied being able to make urgent medical decisions for his partner. Another saw his partner and children’s health insurance canceled by a skeptical auditor. One woman had to jump through legal hoops to adopt the baby of her civil union.  Read more.........

Does New York's Gay Marriage Law Protect Those Who Oppose Same-Sex Unions - The Blaze - New York’s same-sex marriage debate came to a close last Friday evening when the state Senate voted to allow homosexuals to wed. But, is the debate truly over? Already, new questions are arising over the rights of individuals and businesses to refuse serving or working for gay couples. From wedding photographers opposed to shooting a same-sex wedding to religious non-profits who may wish to decline health care coverage to gay partners, some are fearful that protections simply don’t go far enough.  WNYC quotes Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, who claims that organizations and individuals are not adequately protected:  “There are profound consequences for re-defining marriage. And this religious liberty exemption in my view does relatively little or nothing to protect such organizations and individuals.”  Read more.......

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