What Sorts of Marriages?

In addition to the blog entry I put up on this site, whatsortsofpeople.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/california%e2%80%99s-same-sex-marriage-case, I’ve been doing some blogging on The Huffington Post about marriage for same-sex couples in the United States.  These posts can be found at www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-stein

Although my scholarship has not heretofore been focused exclusively or primarily on this topic, recent developments in California (where the state Supreme Court held that not allowing same-sex couples to marry violates the state constitution), New York (where the governor and a state appellate court said that the state will recognize valid marriages from other jurisdictions between people of the same sex, e.g., Massachusetts, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, etc.), Michigan (where the state Supreme Court said that state agencies, e.g., universities, could not extend domestic partner benefits to same-sex couples because of a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman), and other states led me to start blogging on this issue.  But for now, the U.S.A.’s bizarre patchwork of recognition and non-recognition for relationships between people of the same-sex helps keep me busy.  When things calm down regarding marriage and related issues, I hope to blog here and on The Huffington Post about other topics as well.

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