As sovereign nations, American Indian reservations are not bound by the US Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage, even though they technically live in the US. A married Native American woman has filed a lawsuit against her tribe on Wednesday seeking to have her marriage with another woman recognized. She asked asked the tribal council to change its policies because in the Ak-Chin Native American Community she is apart of, the community doesn’t recognize same-sex marriages and has a law that prohibits unmarried couples from living together. Cleo Pablo’s wife and her children are however forbidden to live in Pablo’s home in the small Native American community outside Phoenix where she grew up since community law prohibits unmarried couples from living together. The heads of the community said that they would conduct a poll to understand the members stance on the subject and do what is best for the community. However, I believe that they should just change the law. Members of the community should not have to live off the lands because their marriage is not supported by the community that they grew up in. I also find it interesting that in the Ak-Chin seal, there are scales to represent equality, and it shows that equality is one of their ideals. However, not everyone has equal rights in this community since same-sex marriages are not recognized.
Friday, November 6, 2015
I think it is fantastic that more countries are becoming accepting of same-sex marriage! In Tokyo yesterday, the first same-sex marriage certificate in Japan was issue. Hopefully, this will lead to the whole country of Japan to do this. Japan currently does not have any federal laws that protect members of LGBTQ community from being discriminated against. Coming out can risk being fired, evicted, denied healthcare, etc. Across Asia, LGBTQ rights are limited. Specifically, in Southeast Asia, being gay is criminalized. I do not agree with this because everyone should be able to be with the one they love and not be criminalized for that.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
As of June 26, 2015, 21 other countries besides the United States legally recognize same-sex marriage nationwide. These countries are: The Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Canada, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, Iceland, Portugal, Denmark, Brazil, England and Wales, Uruguay, France, New Zealand, Finland, Ireland, Scotland and Luxembourg.
Before same-sex marriage was legal nationwide, some couples used adoption laws to gain recognition as a family and for the benefits that come with being legally related, for example, visitation rights at the hospital and inheritance. One couple from Pennsylvania that did this hoped to reverse the adoption so they could legally get married. The judge on the case will not allow them to marry since they are legally father and son. I think they should be allowed to annul the adoption since the only reason they did that in the first place was so they were able to be legally considered a family since they were not able to legally marry previously.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
|The White House lit up in celebration of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.|
The Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same sex marriage on June 26th, 2015. The landmark case had a ruling of 5-4. The case that allowed same sex marriage to be legal nationwide is Obergefell v. Hodges. In this case, James Obergefell filed a lawsuit against the state of Ohio because they refused to recognize legally their marriage(they got married in Maryland) and when his spouse, John Arthur passed away few months later, there was no evidence of their marriage on his death certificate. The court ruled on the case that the fourteenth amendment requires all states to license same-sex marriages and acknowledge those that were lawfully performed out of state.