In three different decisions,
the Californa Supreme Court has ruled that gay and lesbian couples who raise children are lawful parents and must provide for their children if they break up. Lambda urged the court to rule in favor of finding gays and lesbians as lawful parents under California law
"to protect families." The National Center for Lesbian Rights
hailed the decisions as "a tremendous victory for children, for parental responsibility, and for common sense." Links to the decisions here
, and here
. (all pdf)
Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel
"a nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family" derided the decision as defying logic "and common sense by saying that children can have two moms. That policy establishes that moms and dads as a unit are irrelevant when it comes to raising children."
It's a subject that has been discussed before
(hopefully not here), but in "The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln," to be published next month by Free Press, C.A. Tripp, a psychologist, influential gay writer and former sex researcher for Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey, tries to resolve the issue of Lincoln's sexuality once and for all. The author, who died in 2003
, two weeks after finishing the book, subjected almost every word ever written by and about Lincoln to minute analysis. His conclusion is that America's greatest president, the beacon of the Republican Party, was a gay man.
In the first open trial
for the Eastern Pennsylvania United Methodist Church Council in more than 50 years, the Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud was accused of violating church law
by openly living with her partner in a committed relationship.
Jurors were instructed
that they had a duty to "hold a good pastor accountable to the standard with which we all live'' under the Methodist Book of Discipline.
The jury voted
7-6 to withdraw Stroud's ministerial credentials at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown in Philadelphia.
She was defrocked
, so to speak. Laicized. Ostracized. Demonized.