Emily Doskow: July 2009 Archives

July 18, 2009

Lesbian Parentage Cases Good News for Moms

The Oregon Court of Appeals issued an opinion this week in a lesbian parentage dispute that held a non-biological lesbian mom who consented to the insemination of her partner with donor sperm was a legal parent, just as a husband would be in the same situation under Oregon law. I'll leave the explanation of the ins and outs of the opinion to this excellent post by expert Nancy Polikoff. In other good news, a recent case out of the California Court of Appeals held that the legal standard for "holding out" a child as one's own child, which is one basis for a finding of parentage in California, was met by even a short period of time in which the parent and child lived together. Another great explanation of the case at Nancy Polikoff's site.
July 15, 2009

Public Displays of Affection Causing Problems

Is it a cluster? In the last week, we've seen two stories in quick succession about same-sex kisses causing a fuss in public places. First, at Chico's Tacos in El Paso, Texas (where a recent violent police raid on a gay bar in Forth Worth also merited a lot of attention), two gay men and their friends were ousted from the restaurant by a security guard after one kissed the other while they stood in line to order their food.

Next, two gay men were detained by a security guard and then cited by police for trespassing in Main Street Plaza in Salt Lake City, Utah, after one man kissed the other on the cheek. The Plaza is the property of the Mormon Church and the church claimed they were merely keeping the couple from engaging in "inappropriate behavior" on church property and that they would have done the same to any couple. Funny, that's about the same thing Chico's said -- the couple wasn't singled out for being gay, because they would have kicked out a heterosexual couple engaging in public displays of affection, too.

In Salt Lake City, dozens of straight and gay couples staged a "kiss-in" this week at the same Plaza to protest the Church's actions.  
July 2, 2009

Marriage Equality in New York Up in the Air Despite Governor's Support

New York Governor David Paterson is a stalwart supporter of same-sex marriage rights, and he has the grand marshal chops to prove it -- yesterday, Paterson was the first-ever Governor of New York to serve as a grand marshal in New York City's annual Pride parade. The Governor expressed his disappointment, however, that the Pride revelers weren't able to celebrate the coming of full marriage equality to the Empire State. The problem is with the New York legislature's inability to get just about anything done in the midst of a battle over who controls the Senate. The same-sex marriage bill passed, 89-52, in the Assembly, but the Governor now isn't sure when he will introduce the same-sex marriage bill in the Senate.