Published 9 December 2009
Tags: marriage, religion
By Stephanie Coontz
June 30, 2008
The recent California court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage has elicited a new round of warnings about the threats to “traditional” marriage. Marriage, say foes of the ruling, has always been a union of one man and one woman, with procreation as its central purpose. And Christianity in particular has historically surrounded marriage with sacred ceremonies, reserved for those who understand its solemn meaning, they contend. Compelling either church or state to accept the validity of same-sex unions would force these institutions, in defiance of tradition, to condone marriages of which they disapprove.
Continue reading ‘“Traditional” Marriage or a Break with Tradition?’
Published 5 December 2009
Speeches and talks
Tags: marriage, politics
A good quality and level headed argument on why gay marriage should be allowed
Published 4 June 2009
4 June 2009
Straits Times Breaking News (online only)
6th state to allow gay marriage
New York – THE US state of New Hampshire has become the nation’s sixth to allow same-sex marriage, adding fuel to the fire of a social issue that remains divisive across much of the United States.
Supporters insist that legalising same-sex marriage is a question of civil rights and equal rights. Some opponents favour legally sanctioned same-sex unions, not called marriage; and others reject outright any government sanctioning of same-sex unions. Continue reading ‘ST Breaking news: 6th state to allow gay marriage’
16 April 2009
Gay couples say ‘I do’ in symbolic marriages
By Mei Jia (China Daily)
Wang Zhiyong was trying to tear up the two copies of a “marriage certificate” embossed with a photo of him and his gay “spouse”.
His partner lunged to snatch them back.
However, their token of love finally lay torn and tattered on the ground.
It was only two months earlier that 42-year-old Wang, a senior mechanic based in Beijing, and his much-younger lover got the “marriage certificate” issued by Beijing LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) Center as a tangible expression of their commitment.
Wang threw a small wedding feast to which relatives and close friends were invited.
“I know the wedding was not legally valid, but I liked the freshness of the idea,” he said. Continue reading ‘China Daily: Gay couples say ‘I do’ in symbolic marriages’
28 May 2009
Poll: Majority of RI voters favor gay marriage law
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A survey released Wednesday shows that more than half of Rhode Island voters favor a law allowing gay marriage, leading advocates to point out to state leadership that it’s what residents want.
A Brown University poll showed 60 percent of registered voters in the state said they would support a law allowing gay couples to marry, and 75 percent said they would support a law allowing civil unions. Thirty-one percent said they would oppose a gay marriage law. Continue reading ‘AP: Majority of RI voters favor gay marriage law’
27 May 2009
Los Angeles Times
Answers to questions about Prop. 8 ruling
Details and implications of the California Supreme Court ruling
By Rong-Gong Lin II
The Times answers readers’ questions about Tuesday’s ruling upholding Proposition 8, the voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
On what grounds did the California Supreme Court uphold Proposition 8?
Opponents of the proposition asked the court to overturn the ballot measure on the grounds that banning same-sex marriage changed the tenets of the state Constitution and therefore amounted to a revision, which can be placed on the ballot only by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. Proposition 8 reached the ballot after a signature drive.
In Tuesday’s ruling, the court said Proposition 8 “adds but a single, simple section to the Constitution” and therefore was a constitutional amendment and not a revision. Continue reading ‘LA Times: Answers to questions about Prop 8 ruling’
26 May 2009
New York Times
California High Court Upholds Gay Marriage Ban
By JOHN SCHWARTZ
Published: May 26, 2009
The California Supreme Court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, ratifying a decision made by voters last year. The ruling comes at a time when several state governments have moved in the opposite direction.
The court’s decision does, however, preserve the 18,000 same-sex marriages performed between the justices’ ruling last May that same-sex marriage was constitutionally protected and voters’ passage in November of Proposition 8, which banned it. Continue reading ‘NYT: California High Court Upholds Gay Marriage Ban’