Thursday, January 22, 2015

Argument gets to US Supreme Court

For 2 centuries, the federal courts have mostly refused to hear family court issues, with the excuse being some sort of domestic relations exception to the constitution that I never understood. Now there is a huge exception to the exception.

AP reports on the US Supreme Court agreeing to decide same-sex marriage:
One of the plaintiffs from Ohio, James Obergefell, said he was crying "tears of joy and sadness" after the court accepted his appeal. In 2013, Obergefell flew to Maryland with his dying partner, John Arthur, so they could marry before Arthur's death. The couple sued to force Ohio to list Arthur as married on his death certificate, which would allow the men to be buried next to each other. Arthur died 15 months ago.

"I can't wait to walk up those steps and have the Supreme Court understand that we're just like everyone else," Obergefell said.
Really? That was the winning issue?

This guy suffers from some sort of mental illness. His friend is dead. They are not just like everyone else.

He got his same-sex ceremony. So his lawsuit is just to make people understand something because of some trivial notation stamped on a death certificate? It is hard to imagine a more stupid reason for the Supreme Court to hear a case.

Maybe the fathers rights activists have been doing it all wrong. Instead of arguing substantive issues, maybe they would be better off with some pathetic man whining about the fine print on a death certificate.

1 comment:

HeligKo said...

I would love for them to hear issues on Title IV Part D of the Social Security Act. There are so many issues in there that cause a significant part of the harm in family court. Maybe they should here some cases on parenting rights. I am facing a GAL who has decided that I should get only 8 hours every other weekend and a few hours one night a week with my kids, and is proclaiming that this is in there best interests and their desires, and my wife(stepmom) isn't to be present, so I can't bring them home. I won't agree, so its going to trial, but I have little hope of actually winning.