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Vatican Sends Out Survey on Birth Control, Abortion, and Marriage Equality

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The VaticanThe Vatican is sending out a survey to all of its Bishops to get local parishes more involved in church decision-making on important issues.

Edge Boston reports:

The poll was sent in mid-October to every national conference of bishops with a request from the Vatican coordinator, Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, to “share it immediately as widely as possible to deaneries and parishes so that input from local sources can be received.” The survey reflects the pope’s pledges to move away from what he called a “Vatican-centric” approach toward one where local church leaders are more involved in decision-making.

Among the questions are whether gay marriage is recognized in their country and how priests minister to same-sex couples, including how churches can respond when gays seek a religious education or Holy Communion for their children. The poll also asks “how is God’s mercy proclaimed” to separated, divorced and remarried couples. Additional information is sought on the pastoral care of men and women who live together outside of marriage. The survey also asks parishes whether they believe married men and women tend to follow church teaching barring the use of artificial contraception.

I’m kinda liking this new Pope’s style.

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USA, Mississippi: Lesbian Files Lawsuit for Recognition of Divorce from Partner

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Mississippi MapIn a case that could bring marriage equality to Mississippi through the back door, a lawsuit is has been filed to force the state to allow a lesbian couple to divorce.

Edge Boston reports

A woman is asking the conservative state of Mississippi to recognize her out-of-state gay marriage so that she can get a divorce. Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham (Chick AH’ luh-CHAT’ um) married her wife, Dana Ann Melencon, in California, but the couple lived together in Southaven, Miss., until they separated in 2010. Czekala-Chatham could potentially pursue a divorce in California, which exempts same-sex couple from divorce laws that generally require at least one spouse to be a resident of the state for six months. But according to the California courts website, the state might not be able to issue rulings on matters such as property ownership, debt, alimony or children.

Several states are now facing unconventional marriage quality lawsuits, including another divorce case in Texas, and the cases dealing with death certificates in Ohio. It just goes to show the marriage equality affects many aspects of our lives.

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USA, Texas: Divorce Could Open the Door to Marriage Equality

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

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The state of Texas is refusing to allow gay and lesbian couples legally married in other states to get divorced.

Slate reports:

On Nov. 5 the Supreme Court of Texas will hear arguments regarding whether the men’s constitutional rights are violated by not granting them a divorce. J.B. and H.B.’s case is actually one of two same-sex divorce cases now pending before the Texas Supreme Court. In a second case, the same-sex divorce was granted to a lesbian couple after a state appeals court determined that the state of Texas intervened too late. These cases have placed Texas’ highest state officials in the ironic–one could even argue rather romantic–position of fighting to keep two gay couples married to one another. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened in the J.B and H.B. divorce case, taking the position that “because the Constitution and laws of the state of Texas define marriage as the union of one man and one woman, the court correctly ruled that Texas courts do not have authority to grant a same-sex divorce.” Any other ruling, he said in a statement, would allow other states to impose their values on Texas.

It is ironic that a ruling allowing two men to divorce could end up basically affirming the right to marriage equality in Texas. Stay tuned…

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Europe: Parliament Votes For Equal Divorce Rights For Gay and Lesbian Couples

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Europe: Twenty Seven Different Interests on Gay MarriageThe European Parliament took another step toward full equality for its gay and lesbian citizens with a vote Tuesday.

Gay Star News reports:

The European Parliament has passed resolutions urging that couples in registered relationships have the same legal options as those as married couples if the couple move countries in an overwhelming vote. Last year the European Commission proposed draft laws that aimed to simplify the way a couple would split their assets, due to death or divorce, between European member states. The regulations mean that married spouses who moved to another European country would have been able to choose which national law most suited them when dividing their assets.

With more and more states and countries allowing marriage equality, divorce is bound to move to the forefront of LGBT rights issues.

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Mexico: Only 2% of Married Same Sex Couples in Mexico City Seeking Divorce

Monday, July 15th, 2013

MexicoAnother in our series of the crazy things marriage equality opponents are saying. On Top Magazine reports:

Only 2 percent of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples in Mexico City end in divorce. The figure was highlighted by Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera as he hosted a mass wedding for 26 gay couples over the weekend. “The City of Mexico has today 2,513 marriages of people of the same sex. Only this year we have 373 marriages between people of the same sex. An important fact of these couplings: only 2 percent end in divorce,” Mancera said.

To be fair, same sex marriages are still a new thing in Mexico… but still. 🙂

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What’s Really Wrong With Marriage? Hint: It’s Not the Gays

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Gay WeddingThere are some things seriously wrong with the institution of marriage, but marriage equality isn’t one of them.

Forbes points to economics:

Basically, marriage is a market, like steel scrap or copper. Small changes in the supply/demand balance can produce huge swings in prices. Between 1950 and 1970, the “price” of women’s sexual favors collapsed, while revisions in welfare rules made it possible for low-income women to effectively “marry the government.” At the same time, changes in the economy made it more and more practical for educated single women to support themselves and their children without the help of a man.

And Mark Oppenheimer at Square Space wonders why conservatives aren’t as concerned about divorce as they are about gay marriage:

So here’s my question to Douthat, Maggie Gallagher, Ross Douthat Brian Brown, the world of conservative evaneglical preachers, and others who are so concerned about same-sex marriage: What does it do your perception of Ronald Reagan that he was a divorce–and in being the first divorced president certainly helped remove any last shreds of stigma? Would you have voted against him for that reason–as many would have in 1952? Would you discourage people from listening to radio hosts who have divorces in their past (Limbaugh, Dennis Prager), or voting for divorces like John McCain? If our goal is to work our way back to 1950 Marriage, how are we going to re-stigmatize divorce for wealthy white people? How are we going to make their divorces seem unseemly? In 1950, when a divorced woman moved into the neighborhood, people whispered about her. Are we prepared to whisper again? Are we prepared to tell our own children, someday, to stay in unhappy marriages to avoid the stigma of divorce? If your daughter gets knocked up by some really unsavory guy with no job, are you prepared to tell her to marry the slug?

But to hear most conservatives tell it, marriage was in great shape until the gays came along and wanted to destroy it. They ought to get their own houses in order before throwing stones at folks who only want to join the party themselves.

Arizona, USA: Judge Cites Marriage Equality Ban in Blocking Divorce for Transgender Man, Wife

Friday, March 29th, 2013

ArizonaThomas Beatie, known by many as the pregnant man for his appearance in a documentary about this transgender man who bore several children, was blocked from divorcing his wife by Arizona’s gay marriage ban. Edge Boston reports:

Maricopa County Family Court Judge Douglas Gerlach ruled that Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriages prevents Thomas Beatie’s 9-year union from being recognized as valid. Thomas Beatie was born a woman and later underwent a double-mastectomy, and began testosterone hormone therapy and psychological treatment to become a man, but he retained female reproductive organs and gave birth to three children. Gerlach said he had no jurisdiction to approve a divorce because there’s insufficient evidence that Beatie was a man when he married Nancy Beatie in Hawaii. He said the Beaties never provided records to fully explain what Thomas Beatie actually had done and not done to become a man.

You’d think marriage equality opponents would do everything they could to facilitate a divorce between LGBT folks!

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Texas, USA: Dallas Gay Couple Still Seeking Divorce After Four Years

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

TexasIf justice delayed is justice denied, one could argue that the gay Dallas couple known as “J.B.” and “H.B.” have already effectively lost their case.

It was precisely four years ago this month when J.B. filed an uncontested petition for divorce from H.B. in Dallas County court, seeking to amicably dissolve their 2006 Massachusetts marriage.

Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott promptly intervened to challenge J.B.’s divorce petition, arguing that Texas’ constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage also prohibits the state from granting gay divorces. But State District Judge Tena Callahan, a Dallas Democrat, disagreed. Callahan ruled in September 2009 that not only could she hear J.B.’s petition — but also that the state’s marriage amendment is unconstitutional.

Authored By John Wright – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

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Ohio USA: Judge Refuses Divorce to Lesbian Couple

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Ohio USA: Judge Refuses Divorce to Lesbian CoupleA Franklin County judge refused to divorce a lesbian couple, citing Ohio’s 2004 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Judge Jim Mason ruled that he could not divorce Laura Christina Thompson and Evangeline Grace Roller because their union had no legal effect in Ohio — though the same court granted two gay men a divorce just a few days earlier.

In the earlier case, a different judge determined he could dissolve the marriage even if it had no legal effect in the state.

Authored By Aviva Shen – See the Full Story at Think Progress

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USA: Brian Brown’s Most Hilariously Hypocritical Statement

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The best and most hilariously self-unaware quote from Brian Brown’s debate with Dan Savage.

See the Full Story at Joe.My.God

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