Marriage: September 2007 Archives

September 20, 2007

Same-Sex Marriage Loses in Maryland, Integrity Wins in San Diego

Maryland court prohibits same-sex marriage. On Monday, Maryland's highest court upheld a state law prohibiting same-sex partners from marrying. As reported in the Washington Post, Tuesday's decision overturned a 2006 lower court ruling that struck down the law limiting marriage to one man and one woman. The judges on Tuesday said that limiting marriage to a man and woman supports the state's interest in fostering procreation--not an unusual argument against same-sex marriage, but rather a ridiculous one when you consider that people well beyond childbearing years are not prohibited from marrying, nor are heterosexual couples quizzed about their childbearing intentions before marriage licenses are issued.

San Diego Mayor supports same-sex marraige. At the other end of the spectrum, the Mayor of San Diego did a sudden about-face on Wednesday when he reversed his earlier opposition to same-sex marriage and agreed to sign a City Council resolution supporting a challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban. In an emotional press conference, Mayor Jerry Sanders (a Republican and a former police chief) said that his adult daughter is a lesbian, and that he has come to believe that the separate-but-equal status of civil unions and domestic partnerships do not offer true equality to same-sex couples.

Speaking of his daughter and other gay and lesbian community members, including some of his staff, the Mayor said: "I want for them the same thing that we all want for our loved ones -- for each of them to find a mate whom they love deeply and who loves them back; someone with whom they can grow old together and share life's experiences. And I want their relationships to be protected equally under the law. In the end, I couldn't look any of them in the face and tell them that their relationship -- their very lives -- were any less meaningful than the marriage I share with my wife Rana."

A politician standing up for what is right, probably at the risk of his job -- always a nice thing to see.

To learn more about same-sex partnerships and their legal implications, read A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, by Attorneys Denis Clifford & Frederick Hertz, and Emily Doskow, legal editor.