Saturday, July 08, 2006

New York State of Mind

It looks like heterosexual marriage has dodged another lavender bullet. As Richard Kim explains in his blog at The Nation, New York's Court of Appeals rejected the idea of equal constitutional rights for gay and lesbian couples. Whew! That was a close one.

For those who just can't get enough legalese, Dale Carpenter discusses the New York court opinion here and here.

You know, hearing people argue that equal protection of the law doesn't apply to gay couples kind of reminds me of "Christians" who support wars. You simply can't read the bible's quotations attributed to Christ and come away thinking that some wars are OK. Similarly, where do the words "due process" and "equal protection" hide an exception for gays and lesbians?

UPDATE: Dale Carpenter continued his analysis of the New York case here. And Evan Wolfson, of the Freedom to Marry project, discusses the case here. Carpenter also discusses other court setbacks here, here and here.

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