Who would make up whose mind?
Who would make up whose mind?
I just saw this:
Westerwelle, who is gay, is a member of the Free Democratic Party, which is in coalition with the ruling Christian Democratic Union. The Union voted down a resolution to support Ehegattensplitting, or married spouse income division, for couples in "Life Partnerships", which are available to same-sex couples. The splitting divides income equally between the two spouses when determining income tax liability.Außenminister Guido Westerwelle (FDP) hat der CDU wegen ihrer Entscheidung gegen die Gleichstellung von gleichgeschlechtlichen Lebenspartnerschaften einen Bruch des Koalitionsvertrags vorgeworfen. Er sei "persönlich enttäuscht" über den Beschluss des CDU-Parteitags, ihnen die steuerliche Gleichbehandlung zu verweigern, sagte Westerwelle dem Tagesspiegel.
Die Beschlüsse der CDU "widersprechen unserer Koalitionsvereinbarung", sagte Westerwelle. "Menschen, die in einer Lebensgemeinschaft auf Dauer Verantwortung füreinander übernehmen, verdienen Respekt und Unterstützung, nicht Diskriminierung und Zurückweisung."
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (FDP) has accused the CDU of a breach of the colalition agreement beause of its decision against equalizing same-sex life partnerships. He is "personally disappointed" by the decision of the CDU party congress to deny taxation equality, Westerwell told the Tagesspiegel.
The decisions of the CDU "contradict our coalition agreement," Westerwelle said. "People in a long-term relationship who take responsibility for one another deserve respect and support, not discrimination and being turned away."
Just to make it clear, a federal court in California ruled that a right granted cannot be taken away from a select population. The California Supreme Court ruled, upon request of the federal court, that other groups had standing to continue the case, since the named defendants refused to defend the suit.
This link has a timeline of prop 8 and the actual rulings by the court
What does it mean now that the Supreme Court has taken up the appeal of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision?
The Supreme Court's decision to hear the case means California’s same-sex marriage ban will remain law until the justices decide next year whether the lower courts erred in overturning Prop. 8.
What would it have meant had the Supreme Court decided NOT to hear the appeal of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision?
Had the court chosen not to hear the appeal, the Ninth Circuit’s ruling would have been final and that, in turn, would have made same-sex marriage legal once again in California.
Can you imagine the meltdown if John Roberts decides to approve same-sex marriage?
Correction: ON Prop 8 Had the court chosen not to hear the appeal, the Ninth Circuit’s ruling would have been final and that, in turn, would have made same-sex marriage legal once again in California.
Just to be clear.
Interesting that the 53 - 47 percent margin is the same as Obama's Margin in the election.November 2008: California voters pass Proposition 8 by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. It amends the California constitution to limit marriage within the state to heterosexual couples. California becomes the 29th state to ban same-sex marriage.
It is truly a joyous day for the Westboro Baptist Church and their millions of anti-gay marriage followers!
Hard to read the tea leaves on what the Supreme Court will decide.
If the decision is a political one, as in the case of Obama Care, I think one could safely predict that the Supreme Court will find in favor of Gay Marriage.
In terms of the California Case I don't see that the Supreme Court would have any grounds to up hold Prop 8 and over turn the Federal District Court's decision.
Now that Barry has been re-elected what does he really want in this regard. He doesn't have to worry about votes. He seems to have a great influence on the Chief Justice after all.
One could argue that Obama would be going against the people who elected him, since most blacks and hispanics are against gay marriage. BUT...I don't think Barry gives a rats behind about anything that doesn't fit in with his progressive, socialist agenda and I believe that he believes that Gay marriage fits into the type of society he wishes to create.
Therefore I predict that the Supreme Court will makes decisions that benefit the cause of gay rights and gay marriage, however narrowly.
Should gay members of the court recuse themselves? Should straight members of the court recuse themselves?
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