15 down, 35 to go.
HONOLULU (Reuters) - Hawaii's governor signed into law on Wednesday a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, capping 20 years of legal and political rancor in a state regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony.
The new law, which takes effect on December 2, makes Hawaii the 15th U.S. state to legalize nuptials for gay and lesbian couples, rolling back a 1994 statute defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
Marriage Equality will soon be law in all 50 States...you can bet the house on that.
I know a lot of people here who are upset about this state of affairs. Many of the folks opposed to today's legislative milestone were opposing it under the banner of DEFENDING MARRIAGE.
Others are exultant and exuberant. They feel like they were a part of a movement as momentous and historical as the civil rights movement for teh Blacks in the 60's. WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!!!!!
This new law signifies two things: its just another milestone for the gradual, incremental progress for the social engineering of our society towards the Brave New World Order, and oh yeah...the Family Law Industrial Complex in Hawaii has just acquired a whole new niche market for developing future revenue streams.
You see, prior to the passage of Marriage Equality in 15 States here in USA Inc., the State had a hard time finding profits in the dissolution of gay relationships, unlike the lucrative harvest the Family Court Industrial Complex has enjoyed in deconstructing heterosexual relationships since the advent of No-Fault Divorce for cis-Gendered marriages.
These sorts of injustices have gone on long enough!
Take the case of one gay man in Pennsylvania, who was denied the benefits of Marriage Equality, as recounted by a Divorce attorney:
The related, and far more common, would-be client is the unmarried gay person whose long-term, marriage-like relationship ends. Can he avail himself of the remedies available to married people under our divorce laws? Is she entitled to any assets or support from her ex?
That’s the question I was asked by Eddie, who’d been in a relationship for twenty-two years when his partner dumped him for another man. Older, educated, and successful, Marco, the ex, owned a house, investments, and a pension. Eddie had none of those. He was a high school graduate who essentially hadn’t worked since he moved in with Marco at the age of twenty-one. He dabbled in various artistic pursuits, none of them profitable. But that was okay, because Marco supported him and, according to Eddie, specifically, explicitly, told him that he always would. So Eddie enjoyed their comfortable, middle-class life together, and never took any measures to ensure his own financial security. When Marco ended the relationship, Eddie was faced with the hard reality that here he was, forty-three years old, with no money in the bank and no ability to earn much more than minimum wage. He came to me to find out if the promises Marco made could be enforced.
Since Marriage Equality has not been legalized in Pennsylvania, Eddie was unsuccessful in his bid to enforce Marco to pay him alimony to maintain the lifestyle he had become accustomed to.
I made our pitch during closing arguments, asking her to award Eddie $300,000, which was the amount Marco received from the sale of the house where he and Eddie had lived for twenty-two years and Eddie had come to think of as his own. We argued that this was a reasonable amount to fulfill the promise of lifetime support, as it would enable Eddie to buy his own house. The judge nodded as she listened. My associate and I packed up our files and went back to the office, chewed our nails, and waited for her decision.It came two weeks later. We lost. We never got out of the starting gate. The judge ruled that she could not find there was a contract.
We as a society cannot abide such glaring examples of gross injustice and oppression!
Now that Marriage Equality is spreading to all 50 States in USA Inc., these sorts of problems will no longer trouble our formerly oppressed, second-class citizenry. They too will soon enjoy the benefits of court ordered indentured servitude to upkeep an ex-domestic partner in the lifestyle they had become accustomed to.
We should all consider ourselves blessed to be living witnesses to such an era of Progressive advancement.
Free at last, free at last.... oh Glee!
Jane Lynch has proclaimed that her divorce from estranged wife Lara Embry is "not dramatic," and we're hoping it stays that way after the "Glee" star gets wind of her ex's recent request.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Embry is asking Lynch to pay her $93,809 a month in spousal support.
Embry stated that Lynch's "income, investments and assets increased dramatically with her newfound acting success," and TMZ reports that Embry wants to be able to sustain the lifestyle she was used to during the couple's three-year marriage.
This is the perfect example of Marriage Equality all those backwards, intolerant and bigoted Christian fundamentalist homophobes have been denying our second-class gay citizenry for too long!