- Posted December 19, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The GLBT Roundup - December 19th
A wrap of news, issues and events which may impact or affect the GLBT segment of society. The issue of same-gender relationships and legal status continues to loom as the major story for those who are GLBT.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to listen to arguments on the issue of same-gender equality in March. Mexico is moving toward nationwide same-gender marriage legalization. American society seems to be shifting its mood and support for same-gender equality.
First let's look at what is happening south of the border from an article on Policymic.com:
Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that a law in the southern Oaxaca state, that bans same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional, paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in that state and possibly in the rest of Mexico. In a unanimous decision on Wednesday, the tribunal struck down an Oaxaca state law that declares that "one of the purposes of marriage is the perpetuation of the species."
In its ruling, the court declared that to restrict marriages to the union of one man and one woman "violates the principle of equality."
Currently, same-sex marriage is only legally allowed in Mexico City, where a same-sex marriage law was enacted in 2010. The court's ruling comes from a lawsuit filed by three gay couples against the state of Oaxaca. Despite the historic influence of Catholicism on Mexican culture, gay marriage advocates are celebrating this ruling as a momentous milestone for human rights.
“It’s a big advance [and] a large step for other claims that will surely come in time,” said Antonio Medina, an activist who helped lead the fight for couples’ rights in Mexico City to Salon on Wednesday. “It’s a significant step, without a doubt.”
You can read the full article here: http://policymic.com/articles/20275/gay-marriage-oaxaca-mexico-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-same-sex-couples
From BuzzFeed.com we get some insight to the upcoming Supreme Court hearings on both California's Proposition 8 and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA):
The Supreme Court has set a schedule for one of the key cases in its docket for next year, requesting the first filings in a lesbian widow's challenge to the Defense of Marriage act for the day after President Obama's inauguration.
The court order also made clear the complexity of the case reaching the Supreme Court over the Defense of Marriage Act's federal definition of "marriage" and "spouse."
The court in a Friday order has separated the briefing in Edith Windsor's challenge to DOMA into two portions: one focused on the merits of the question of whether DOMA is constitutional and the other focused on the questions the court has asked regarding whether it even has the authority to hear the case.
The first filings are slated for Jan. 22 and will come in two parts: the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), established by Republican leadership, will argue defense of the law on the merits; and Vicki Jackson, a court-appointed lawyer, will make the case that the court lacks jurisdiction.
Responses from the Obama administration, BLAG and Windsor to Jackson's arguments will be due by Feb. 20. These will be technical arguments about whether the Obama administration's decision to agree with the Windsor that the law is unconstitutional makes this no longer a case that the court can hear and whether BLAG — as a part of the legislative branch — has the constitutional ability to be a party to the case.
Then, on Feb. 22, the Obama administration's brief on the merits of the case is due. Windsor's merits brief will be due four days later, on Feb. 26.
The final briefs replying to the above arguments will be due on the merits of the case from BLAG and regarding the jurisdictional questions from Jackson or others within 30 days of the previous brief but due at the court "not later than 2 p.m. one week before the date of oral argument."
In addition to the Windsor challenge to DOMA, the court also is hearing the challenge to California's Proposition 8. No additional instructions from the court about the briefing in that case have been issued, so the opening brief, which is to address both merits and jurisdictional questions, is as of now due from the proponents of Proposition 8 on Jan. 22.
For more on the Supreme Court scheduling: http://buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/supreme-court-sets-schedule-for-lesbian-widows-do
Finally this in from Gallup about how Americans are changing their opinion about same-gender equality:
Inheritance Rights for GLBT - 78% say yes 18% say no
Health Insurance and Employee Benefits for GLBT - 77% say yes 20% say no
Adoption Rights for GLBT - 61% say yes 36% say no
Full survey results are here: http://gallup.com/poll/159272/americans-favor-rights-gays-lesbians-inherit-adopt.aspx
From the Cornfield, step-by-step, day-by-day, living life as one's self and not in a militancy of in-your-face, acceptance, tolerance and equality will one day come to all people no matter one's sexuality.