A federal judge in San Antonio has ruled that the Texas law banning same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.
However, the judge also issued a stay on the decision, meaning marriage equality is not immediately in effect.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia, however, also issued a stay, meaning the bans remain in effect for the time being.
Two gay couples have sued the state aiming to overturn the bans. One lesbian couple had to go to Massachusetts to get married, and they want Texas to recognize the union. A second couple had a courtship of 17 years and say they want to get married here in their home state.
Garcia ruled that the couples met the criteria for a preliminary injunction, including the likelihood of winning the suit.
TEXAS! WHAT! TEXAS!
Salute to the enduring spirit of the children of the slaves…
A lot of the men and women that had to endure this are still alive. Don’t let white people act like this is the distant past. It’s not.
I hope the people smiling in these pictures got their karma…
Cat Curling…a new kind of Olympic Sport
Three-month-old Della Wolf Kangro Wiley Richards is the first baby in British Columbia, Canada with three parents listed on her birth certificate, thanks to a new British Columbia law allowing a child to have three or more legal parents if it’s in the child’s best interest.
Della’s parents are Danielle Wiley and her wife, Anna Richards, and Shawn Kangro, a longtime friend who agreed to be a sperm donor and “father figure.” Her birth certificate was finalized last week, making her family the first to go through the process after the law was passed.
Per a contract they created before Della was conceived, Wiley and Richards have custody of Della and are financially responsible for her, but Kangro is also a legal guardian with access rights.
“We wanted our kids to know where they came from biologically and actually liked the idea of having an extended family,” Richards told Canada’s National Post. “It didn’t threaten us to have another person’s involvement so long as it was the right person.” …
The Family Law Act is meant to place the safety and needs of a child above all else. For those who wish to conceive via assisted reproduction, the law offers legal means to give the child the best family environment possible.
"The really big shift in the Family Law Act in terms of parents, is how you decide who’s a parent," writes self-proclaimed "queer feminist" lawyer barbara findlay, who spells her name without capital letters. “In old days, we looked at biology and genetic connections. And that’s no longer true. We now look at the intention of the parties who are contributing to the creation of the child, and intend to raise the child. And that’s a really, really big shift.”
What a lucky girl you are, little Della.