December 09, 2005

Gays v. New York

I read this on and had to repost…

See, itâs not so much that a New York State appeals court yesterday overturned a Manhattan judgeâs February ruling that would have allowed gays to marry. (That was, alas, to be expected.) Itâs more the language that was used in upholding the status quo. No âweâre sympathetic but the court overstepped its boundsâ; no âitâs fundamentally unfair but a matter that must be left to the legislature.â Oh, no. Instead it was grafs like:

The law assumes that a marriage will produce children and affords benefits based on that assumption. It sets up heterosexual marriage as the cultural, social and legal ideal in an effort to discourage unmarried childbearing.â

Marriage laws are not primarily about adult needs for official recognition and support but about the well-being of children and society, and such preference constitutes a rational policy decision.

Because of course gay marriage would be detrimental to âthe well-being of children and society.â Even here in good olâ blue-state New York.

Posted by Clint at December 9, 2005 09:46 AM