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A Closer Look at the Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling

Posted in Court Decisions, Gay Marriage and Divorce

With the announcement of last week’s Supreme Court decision, proponents of same sex marriage rejoiced and Facebook became much more colorful. After a weekend of celebrating the new-found rights of my gay and lesbian friends, neighbors and colleagues, I sat down today to read all 103 pages of the majority decision and dissenting opinions, including a particularly “colorful” dissent from Justice Scalia.

How did this issue get to the Supreme Court?

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Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage!

Posted in Court Decisions, Gay Marriage and Divorce
Will freedom ring soon?

Let freedom ring!

Hi there,

There have been rumors for months that the SJC was going to make a final decision about how America will handle gay marriage.

As of today, I’m thrilled to report that gay marriage is now the law of the land!

For the couples around the country who have waited for years to make their unions legally official, for their children, for all of us who champion equality – this is so good on so many levels.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, author of today’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States, said it best.

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than they once were.  As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.  Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.  They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgement of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

Rejoice!
Nancy

Parental Right to Spank Upheld

Posted in Court Decisions, Parenting, Children & Divorce
Looks like we aren't getting ice cream today...

Looks like we aren’t getting ice cream today…

Hi there,

As a parent and grandparent I have long felt it was a necessary right of parents to swat their kids on the behind occasionally. Swift justice often makes the most impact.

I was somewhat astonished to open Lawyers Weekly today and discover that the Supreme Judicial Court agreed with me.

However, if you are in the midst of a contested parenting case, I recommend that you don’t spank your children, as it will be held against you. An effective alternative could be restricting the use of their iPhone or Nintendo, which is often a powerful consequence for kids!

Best,
Nancy