And in a huge step backwards, India’s Supreme Court has re-criminalized gay sex. This is almost too crazy to believe, but it’s true. more details from Reuters:
In 2009 the Delhi High Court ruled unconstitutional a section of the penal code dating back to 1860 that prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal” and lifted the ban for consenting adults.
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Good news from New Jersey! Earlier today in a judge ruled the state must allow for same-sex couples to marry.
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request by six gay couples, ordering state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21.
“Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution,” the judge wrote in a 53-page opinion.
However this does not mean same-sex marriage is immediately legal. NJ Governor Chris Christie is none-too happy about the ruling, and will most likely appeal. Spokesman Michael Drewniak said the governor “has always maintained that he would abide by the will of the voters on the issue of marriage equality and called for it to be on the ballot this Election Day. Since the Legislature refused to allow the people to decide expeditiously, we will let the Supreme Court make this constitutional determination.”
Well, at least it’s a step in the right direction for the Garden State.
In the past few months several states in Brazil have approved same-sex marriage, and thanks to Brazil’s National Council of Justice, now all of Brazil has marriage equality!
The New Yorker‘s next cover page gives appreciation of all mothers for this upcoming ‘Mothers’ Day’, not just those mothers in hetero-sexual relationships. Illustrator Chris Ware writes:
Few people today don’t know—or have in their families—at least one loving couple who are raising children, same-sex or not. And it’s really just the loving part that matters. That same-sex marriage could go from its preliminary draft of “diagnosable” to the final edit of “so what?” must indicate some positive evolution on the part of the larger human consciousness. My wife, being a biology teacher, puts it even more succinctly: “Why are all these people so worried about who everybody else is sleeping with, anyway?” (Score two for Moms.)
So, a final draft: happy Mothers’ Day, moms. We are grateful to, and love, you all.
Couldn’t have said it better myself! Cheers to The New Yorker, and cheers to all mothers!
In an unanimous ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the names of both same-sex parents must be listed on a newborn’s birth certificate.
The ruling is a great victory for Melissa and Heather Gartner of Des Moines, who sued the Iowa Department of Public Health in 2009 when they refused to list Melissa as a parent on their daughter’s birth certificate. Same-sex marriage passed in Iowa in 2009, and Heather and Melissa were legally wed before their daughter was born. They sued because they had this crazy notion that their marriage should be treated the same, and their daughter should have the same protections as straight married couples.
Marriage equality will pass it’s final vote by Rhode Island’s House Representatives. Right now the House Reps. are giving their arguments for or against the bill. Watch it live here!
It’s been quite exciting with all of the recent stories of several nations and states legalizing marriage equality, I’m happy to say Rhode Island is about to be added to that list!
The Rhode Island Senate passed a bill yesterday in a 26 to 12 vote that would legalize same-sex marriage. Now because of an added amendment the state’s House must vote on the bill again. If the legislature gets passed by the House next week, it will go to Governor Lincoln Chafee for his signature, and then take effect on the 1st of August.