Following this vote, the will propose ways to enable the recognition of the effects ofpartnerships and marriages throughout the EU, regardless of whether they unitesame-sex or different-sex partners. . . . .
The document potentially lowers the age of sexual consent to 15 years bydictating that "youth have the right to freely choose a partner, to commonlife and to the constitution of marriage on the ground of equality among itsmembers" in article 20. Adolescents at the age of 15 will also have theright to choose their own religion and to vote, according to articles 17 and 21.
The province's highest court ruled that two proposals from the Saskatchewan government that would let marriage commissioners opt out of performing same-sex marriages on religious grounds would be unconstitutional.
On Tuesday the European Parliament reaffirmed that the effects of civildocuments (birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, etc.) mustremain the same throughout the European Union. This implies that all couples,including same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships must retain theirrights in all EU countries.
Currently same-sex couples often lose the rights given by their existingmarriage or civil partnership when travelling in the European Union.
Gay activists and their allies want the court to allow same-sex marriages while the voter-approved marriage amendment — Prop. 8 — is tied up in the California Supreme Court, as well as the 9th Circuit. . . .
The state’s reason for ending the half-century relationship? Catholic Charities opposes placing children — through adoption or foster care — with unmarried couples, including same-sex couples.
Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt agreed on Monday to let the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ALCU) join the highly publicized lawsuit filed by four Catholic Charities agencies against the state.
It is the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), an extra-judicial body but since 2008-2009 elevated to a new and higher status by Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty. It fully approves of same-sex marriage and the homosexual lifestyle. So does McGuinty. In January 2011, OHRC issued a document entitled “” (Evadne Macedo, OHRC, Jan. 27, 2011).
Unless, that is, the Supreme Court intervenes. Earlier this year, an appeals court panel declared California's Proposition 8 unconstitutional, paving the way for the case to be taken up by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court could also take up a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act, which Congress passed in 1996 and Bill Clinton signed (provisions of DOMA have been declared unconstitutional by two federal judges). In either case, the Court could affirm discrimination of gay couples, outlaw it, or take some middle course that puts off a definitive decision. That all may hinge on whether Anthony Kennedy has come around to believing that marriage is an inalienable right that all Americans should enjoy. I wouldn't bet the farm on that—the Court seldom gets too far ahead of public opinion. But the direction of that opinion is unmistakable, as all but the most deluded conservatives activist will tell you. When the histories of this controversy are written, the years of 2011 and 2012 will be recalled as one of the key periods. And this November 6 will probably be one of the most important dates.
About 30 minutes later, the two attorneys who have sued to overturn California’s marriage-protection amendment cited the president’s decision in a request to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it immediately allow same-sex marriages in the state. Some marriage advocates are questioning whether the president and the attorneys were working in tandem.
But just as with laws on interracial marriage, legalization of same-sex marriage is likely to spread toward the center and south of the country, though how fast is hard to say. In 2009, Nate Silver to project how long it would take for each state to be ready to vote to allow same-sex marriage; the final two in the projection were Alabama in 2023 and Mississippi in 2024 (consider that Alabama didn't officially repeal its law banning interracial marriage until a referendum in 2000, and 40 percent of Alabamians voted to keep it). As Silver acknowledges, this kind of projection could well be wrong, but it does give us an idea of the path we're on.
On Tuesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris joined the cry for same-sex marriage; she, too, cited President Obama’s decision in her letter to the 9th Circuit.
"We agree that every student should be protected from bullying and harassment," she said, "and that no student should be hurt or ridiculed, no matter who they are or what they believe. But parents need to be aware that the Day of Silence unnecessarily politicizes and sexualizes the school environment, paving the way for classroom lessons that advocate and normalize things like same-sex marriage and cross-dressing."