Friday, July 07, 2006

Eliminate All Marriages per NY Assemblywoman

With the recent ruling against gay marriage in NY, via Kurtz @ The Corner, a NY Assemblywoman in NY has an idea: Eliminate Marriage:

According to the Ithaca Journal, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-125th District) is proposing that that state laws related to marriage be revised to eliminate the term entirely..........

Lifton’s logic:

“Let's get government out of the wedding business and have everyone, equally, have a civil arrangement,” she said. The proposal Lifton supports would replace the word “marriage” with “civil commitment” in state laws, creating a legal contract she said would be accessible to everyone, while leaving the religious aspect of the union to religious institutions.

Gay marriage is not a hot button issue for me personally, but that said if I lived in NY I would have a serious issue with a law that abolished my marriage for the sake of political correctness………………….

It will be interesting to see how Howard Dean and the DNC react to this proposal. After the ruling Dean released this statement:

"As Democrats, we believe that every American has a right to equal protection under the law and to live in dignity. And we must respect the right of every family to live in dignity with equal rights, responsibilities and protections under the law. Today's decision by the New York Court of Appeals, which relies on outdated and bigoted notions about families, is deeply disappointing, but it does not end the effort to achieve this goal.

"As that essential process moves forward, it is up to the State legislature to act to protect the equal rights of every New Yorker and for the debate on how to ensure those rights to proceed without the rancor and divisiveness that too often surrounds this issue."

Supporting a ban on marriage obviously would be political suicide and is nuttier than anything I’ve heard related to this debate thus far……………………….

Others covering the story I found interesting:

Wizbang's Kim Priestap