Friday, February 11, 2005

Originally posted on 2/8/2005
~8:20am~ EST

MARRIAGE DEBATE ACROSS AMERICA: A lot of movement is happening across the U.S. towards a Constitutional Amendment to protect marriage. Will New York be part of this growing movement?Alabama, Indiana, and Virgina all took steps towards advancing a Constitutional Amendment. Connecticut and New York are struggling with what to do.

New York City has decided to skip an intermediate court and take its appeal directly to the state's highest court the New York Court of Appeals.

Michael A. Cardozo, the city's chief lawyer, said in a statement yesterday that the city would take its appeal directly to the Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, skipping an intermediate court, "so that a decision on this important issue can be reached as quickly as possible."

Mayor Bloomberg is giving lip-service to the appeal. On Saturday he came out with an endorsement for gay-marriage and then mumbled something to the media about how Judge Cohan's ruling was the wrong way to go about achieving it.

The Court of Appeals is obliged to consider all cases that raise direct state constitutional issues. It is rare however for the case to take a case that bypasses the lower courts. According to the NYTimes it has only taken 4 such cases in 15 years. (My prediction is that this will be case number 5)

In requesting the expedited appeal, officials are trying to shorten the time between filing and the issuance of a decision. In 2003 the average was 259 days. Judge Ling-Cohan has only stayed her ruling for 30 days. From my understanding this means that if the appeal takes the average amount of time - marriage can be redefined in New York for 229 days - before being revoked by an appeals court ruling.

MarriageWatch: In Virginia the state House of Delegates passed a constitutional ban on redefining marriage to include same-sex unions. The House voted 78 to 18 to complete passage of a resolution similar to the one the Senate passed on Monday.

In Indiana a Senate committee advanced a resolution that would lead to a constitutional ban of the redefining of marriage as well. The lawmakers on the committee voted 7-4. They spent more than two hours debating it.

In Alabama voters have been quizzed on the matter. And a majority strongly support a constitutional amendment that bans the redefinition of marriage. In the survey 58 percent support the ban, 14 percent had no opinion, and 28 percent opposed it.

In Connecticut lawmakers are wrestling with marriage vs. civil unions. What the lawmakers are hoping to accomplish is the establishment of gay unions for the first time without court order. They were also under the delusion that they could establish such unions without offending anyone... At judiciary hearings on Monday supporters from both sides packed the hearing. The NEWS-TIMES noted that some lawmakers "could not understand" opposition to such unions.

In California, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is still defending his illegal issuance of marriage licenses last year. He is evidently suffering from a serious case of denial as well saying that the redefining of marriage "had nothing to do" with the elections of 2004. And in one last moment of defiance after appearing at an event in Massachusetts, Newsome said, "(Redefining marriage to include same sex unions) is an inevitability. Whether you like it or not, this door will never be shut again. "Gay marriage" is going to be legalized in the United States of America. It is a matter of time. Mark my words."


At 12:16 AM, Blogger joshua said...

Though the issue is a debatable one, the post has a clarity about it. I appreciate the way the blogger puts across what he wants to say.

This is Joshua from Israeli Uncensored News


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