Tag Archives: same-sex relationships

SCOTUS misreading history

While I am talking about the recent Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, United States v. Windsor, I am not going to presume to tell the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) how to do US constitutional law. History is another matter. In the majority decision, written by Kennedy J, the following (pdf) appears: It […]

Images of the Macabre and the Grotesque

Cardinal Keith O’Brien said countries which legalise gay marriage are “shaming themselves” by going against the “natural law,” and should not consider their actions “progress”. He claimed same sex unions were the “thin end of the wedge” and would lead to the “further degeneration of society into immorality.” In a series of controversial comments, he […]

Gay parenting and the law

The Age reports that a Victorian court has allowed a gay man to adopt his foster child, a first in Victoria: A judge has allowed a gay man to adopt his foster child in what is believed to be a first for Victoria. The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is in a […]

Law of unintended consequences…

Laws designed to allow same-sex and de facto couples to access the Family Court on an equal basis to married heterosexual couples may have unintended consequences, it seems. The amendment inserted a new definition of “de facto relationship” in s 4AA of the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth): Meaning of de facto relationship (1) A person […]