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The lawsuit says Melissa Weiss gave birth to both children after she wed Meredith – in Canada – in 2003. They say North Carolina only put her name on the certificates and hasn’t added Meredith Weiss. The lawsuit says same-sex spouses who had children after marriage became legal in North Carolina received two-parent certificates.
The Weisses say they need accurate birth certificates for school, health care and financial reasons.
Two state Department of Health and Human Services officials are named as defendants. The department issued a statement saying it hadn’t reviewed the lawsuit and couldn’t comment.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are getting married Saturday in Southfield. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman, who struck down the state’s ban, will perform the ceremony.
DeBoer has said more than 200 people were invited, and the wedding won’t be open to the public.
The couple sued the state after they couldn’t jointly adopt each other’s children. That case grew into a challenge to a Michigan constitutional amendment that recognized marriage only between a man and a woman.
Friedman overturned the state’s gay marriage ban in 2014. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex couples have a right to marry.
Image via MSNBC
Hallmark is aiming at the lesbian crowd and the two-mom market. One of the new card lines is to give to lesbian couples who have children; the other is for one lesbian mom to give to her lesbian partner, said Hallmark spokeswoman Kristi Ernsting.
Hallmark did a similar reach-out to the gay community earlier this year, with specially designed Valentine’s Day cards to recognize and honor same-sex marriages.
Company spokesmen indicated during a 2011 interview with NPR that more generic gay-friendly greetings are eventually going to be part of Hallmark’s line.
via Washington Times
Have you seen the latest GEICO commercial? The one in which Maxwell the pig is on a date when the car breaks down? The girl he’s with, apparently, wants to make out. A group called One Million Moms has posted a complaint about the commercial. Their website says:
Geico has succeeded in offending its customers with its inappropriate advertisement. One Million Moms has received numerous complaints because Geico’s new commercial plays with the idea of bestiality. Parents find this type of advertising repulsive and unnecessary.
First of all, what do they mean by “numerous complaints?” Three? Ten? A hundred? And what have they done to verify that the complaints are from legitimate parents? Are there really that many adults out there who cannot distinguish between a call to bestiality and anthropomorphism–an ancient literary device used in folktales and children’s literature since time immemorial?
I have a simple solution: One Million Moms should pool their resources to fly Maxwell the pig and the GEICO gecko to Montreal and throw them a lavish gay wedding. Gay marriage is legal in Canada so once Maxwell and his beau are hitched everything will be on the up-and-up and the One Million Moms can relax and turn their attention to more pressing matters, like protesting Kyra Sedgwick who (I have it on good authority) gets it on with Bacon.
–Hal W. Lanse, PhD is the author of THE RAINBOW CURRICULUM: TEACHING TEENS ABOUT LGBT ISSUES (Queer Street Books, Inc.)
The ACLU of Utah defended the book “In Our Mothers’ House” by Patricia Polacco, after it was removed from the Davis School District’s library shelves.
A group of parents petitioned the district to review the book’s gay content, and parental permission was then required for a student to check out the book.
Davis School District Assistant Superintendent Pamela Park states said the decision to remove the book was made without her final review, contrary to district policy. She has instructed librarians to return the book to library shelves and in place of requiring parent permission to access the book, parents who object to the book may contact librarians and place a restriction on their children.
[via Desert News]
Baby Sacha was born between midnight and one minute past on January 1, in the central French town of Moulin, becoming the first recorded baby born in 2013.
So far, only the birth mother has legal rights over the child since the couple is not married – which would change if the new, “marriage for all” bill passes, as expected.
Both moms said they hoped to marry as soon as it becomes legally possible to do so.
[via The Telegraph]
A Family Court judge awarded full custody of a 6-year old to her adopted mother (l), instead of her biological mom (r), in what is believed to be the first such New York state case involving a same-sex couple. “Love doesn’t just come from biology,” said the NYC adoptive mother after being awarded custody of her daughter.
In this case the adoptive parent, the judge ruled, “is indeed the more responsible parent looking out for the child’s best interests, not her own interests” – while the bio-mom “behaved more as a friend or older sister than a responsible parent.”
Manhattan Judge Gloria Sosa-Lintner said being a biological parent does not give automatic priority over the adoptive parent. This is analogous to a father getting custody of his own child, where only the best interests of the child are paramount.
[via NY Post; Image via Janette Beckman]
A lesbian mom (Nicole) in Georgia had a baby with her partner, and her partner adopted the child, then they split up. Nicole attempted to argue that the adoption never should have been granted, because second-parent adoption isn’t legal for unmarried couples. Of course, marriage equality is not legal in Georgia, so the women couldn’t be married.
The GA Voice‘s Laura Douglas-Brown wisely and boldly states, “as gay people in a state that still doesn’t recognize our full equality, we have to hold ourselves — and each other — to a higher standard. We can’t take legal stands that exploit our lack of rights, and we can’t take legal stands that risk our entire community.”
[via The GA Voice]
“I feel that history is not going to look favorably on this. In 20 years, we’re going to look and think ‘How could we ever have thought that?’” said DaNae Leu, media specialist at Snow Horse Elementary School in Utah about limiting access to In Our Mothers’ House. “Ethically, I don’t feel right about it. I feel like the book is age-appropriate. I know it’s available upon asking, but it’s also available under a stigma…I feel like Joe McCarthy is asking me to name names.” Leu said librarians are being asked to supply names of books that contain gay and lesbian characters.
Also marked for removal is And Tango Makes Three, the story of a pair of male penguins who sit on an egg at a zoo until it hatches; and Totally Joe, a book for ages 10 and up about a teenager who is gay.
Many librarians are frustrated about the situation, she said, but are nervous about speaking out because they fear reprisals.