Sunday, April 15, 2012

sperm donor wins paternity ruling

 

Same-Sex Couples Fight to Divorce

It's a well-known fact that half of marriages will end in divorce. And with six states and the District of Columbia allowing same-sex marriage, it's no surprise that same-sex couples, too, would at times seek divorce. But for some, like Jessica Port and Virginia Anne Cowan, who were married in California in 2008, divorce is hard to come by.  Maryland's highest court is hearing arguments today on the precedent-setting case to determine if same-sex marriages granted in other states can be dissolved in one where the marriage is not recognized.  Read more ...

London mayor sued for pulling 'Ex-Gay and Proud' adverts from London's buses

Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party mayor of London, is being sued by a Christian organization whose bus advertisements for overcoming same-sex attraction he ordered pulled.  Saying, "Not gay, ex-gay, post-gay, and proud! Get over it," the nixed slogans were the work of the Core Issues Trust, a Christian organization that helps churches minister to those who want to overcome their temptations to homosexual behavior. The ads were also backed by the group Anglican Mainstream, a worldwide organization of Anglicans who seek to restore traditional Christianity to their communion. The ads were due to run for two weeks on London's iconic red buses, starting from Monday. Now, however, the group is reported to be instructing lawyers to launch a suit.  Read more ...

Fertility dispute triggers ripples of concern across Canada after sperm donor wins paternity ruling

The Montreal woman was 36 and desperate to have a baby when she asked an ex-boyfriend to help her get pregnant. She deliberately raised the girl as a single mother, until succumbing to cancer three years later and leaving the child in the care of her grandparents. Then things got really complicated.  The sperm provider, having had only sporadic visits with the girl previously, argued he was legally her father, winning a paternity ruling from the Quebec Court of Appeal last year. When the Supreme Court of Canada declined last month to hear an appeal of the case, effectively upholding the decision, it triggered ripples of concern across the country.  Read more ...

Russia Rejects Gay Rights Remark in G8 Statement

Russia, where anti-gay sentiment is strong, Thursday distanced itself from the endorsement of gay rights made in a joint statement by G8 foreign ministers on fundamental human rights and freedoms. Following a meeting in Washington, the statement of the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting Chair said: "The ministers reaffirmed that human rights and fundamental freedoms are the birthright of all individuals, male and female, including lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals. These individuals often face death, violence, harassment and discrimination because of their sexual orientation in many countries around the world." The document came with a footnote saying "the Russian Federation disassociates itself from this language given the absence of any explicit definition or provision relating to such a group or such persons as separate rights holders under international human rights law."  Read more ...

Gay Couples Challenge Same-Sex Marriage Ban in Court

Eight same-sex couples have filed suit in U.S. federal court challenging Nevada's gay marriage ban as unconstitutional and saying the state's domestic-partnership statute relegates them to second-class status. Read more ...

 

 

 

 


Republicans Risk Losing NY Senate Over SSM

National Organization for Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher said in an interview that Republican control of the Senate is in danger after the leadership allowed a vote on the issue last June.

 

http://www.nomblog.com/21683/

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