I think the scenario against homosexuality is a lot different than that which the black community faced decades ago. I don't think it warrants the same level of legal intervention.
Really? Have you read this Rolling Stones articlehttp://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/one-towns-war-on-gay-teens-20120202?link=mostpopular2
You may not see it, but it's there. The statistics around suicide and being gay are horrific (one website with info: http://www.youthprideri.org/Resources/Statistics/tabid/227/Default.aspx
They may not be lynched in the traditional sense but people still end up hanging (sorry if that's overly crass).
In Ireland if a lesbian has a child, her partner (if she has one) does not get custody of the child should the mother die. The child would have no power of attorney or right to medical information should the non-biological mother fall ill.
The non-biological mother cannot adopt the child.
This needs to change.
And here's another interesting question - those of us on who are advocating for homosexual marriage are always telling Christians that their churches will not be forced to officiate at gay marriages if they don't want to. But that requires us to give churches permission to discriminate in just this manner. Do you think this should not be the case?
this is a difficult one.. to be honest a church wedding is sort of meaningless.. it's the window dressing people want to have, but it has no legal status. When you sign the marriage register you are civily recognising the marriage. That's the important bit.. the non-religious bit. I could get married in a church tomorrow, but if I do not sign that register then I am not legally married and get non of the tax breaks or benefits.
I think the church (any church - catholic, protestant, mormon, hindu, buddhist, muslim, orthodox, jewish, pagan etc) should have no influence on the civic marriage register.
after that I think I'd leave it up to the individuals involved.
**Oh by the way.. the No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish was a reference to signs around britain and parts of the states banning certain sections of society from establishments.. as in Blacks & Irish were equivilent to dogs.. you wouldn't want them in your bar or coffee house.