Exiled from the Underworld

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma, Tonga

Monday, August 22, 2005

Here's an accurate headline...

... on an AP article by David Kravets, just up on the Washington Post webpage:

Justices Protect Children of Calif. Gays .

Announcing decisions in three related cases, California's highest state court just extended the legal protections of custody and support to children of same-sex couples. Like the movement that finally eliminated "bastardy" laws (discriminating against children born outside state-sanctioned marriage), this decision promotes equal protection for all children and greater social stability.

I hope that this marks the beginning of a trend, although I doubt that it will spread our way soon. Last year our state government enacted a statute that refuses recognition of same-sex parent adoptions from other states.

The same people who denounce divorce because of the potential for damaging children are all too eager to inflict harm on the children of same-sex parents. Go figure.

This little understatement appears toward the end of the article:

Groups opposing same-sex marriage decried the justices' actions.

The New York Times's Adam Liptak tells the story from a different perspective:

California Justices Rule in Favor of Same-Sex Parental Rights

This angle showcases the absurdity of the opposition.

"You've essentially begun to undermine and unravel the family," said Mathew D. Staver of Liberty Counsel, which submitted supporting briefs arguing against recognition of two same-sex parents.

"Undermine and unravel the family"?
Absolutely not.

The California Supreme Court just validated parental responsibility, eliminated unjust discrimination against vulnerable children, and affirmed the family as the center of child-rearing.

Furthermore, a child's right to support from both parents reduces the likelihood that the state will end up paying for the child's needs, to exactly the same degree that states (and the federal government) argue when ordering child support from different-sex parents. Kravets' Post article captures this clearly.

Emily B., an El Dorado County woman whose former lover must now pay to support the children following the court's ruling, said she might be able to get off of welfare now.

"I'm absolutely overjoyed today," she said.

I'm overjoyed, too.

Anyone who believes in the concept of equal justice has reason for celebration. Congratulations to all the families in the California cases. Regardless of which side of the litigation you were on, today you helped to make "family" a real home.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Hello? Am I still here?

Yes, I am still here. At least, I'm back, now that August's heat has sucked the oxygen from the air.

July deserves more from me than this nominal post, and I will fill in details later.