US Supreme Court Ruling Favoring Same-Sex Marriage May Trigger More Legal Battles
A petition to lift same-sex marriage ban in four states in America, including Michigan, may spark more legal battles as religious sects and business sector might try to limit its extent by invoking “basic fundamental freedoms,” news said.
Campaign in the United States calling on the government to give more rights to members of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual or LGBT communities may seem to yield fruits next month as the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling. However, as early as now, antagonists are already issuing statements, saying to the effect that victory will not be as sweet.
Reports say that even when the U.S. Supreme Court will rule favorably to petitioners, much of its realization depends on each state, nonetheless. This means that in order to assert rights of the LGBT members, an ordinance is required.
Michigan has been cited by the news as an example such that in that state, there are no statutes prohibiting discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation when it comes to public accommodation, employment or housing. In addition, restaurant may deny service to LGBT customers despite the Court ruling, unless an ordinance has been enacted.
On the bright side, there are state laws defeating discrimination due to marital or familial status so that should a food business deny a gay couple with their order, the couple, if married, can sue the establishment.
Much More Work
Despite the allowance, however, so much is yet to be done on the legal side. For example, there may be suits on allowing “parental gender references” on birth certificates, ironing rules in divorce proceedings and health care providers may assert their plans may not be amenable to same-sex couple, according to the news.
In Michigan, it has been said that one’s sexual preference enjoys no protection. Too, there could be exhausting legal battle when pregnancy is factored in between the gay couple.
Exemptions Being Tailored
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed bills two weeks ago to allow religion-based adoption agencies to deny gay couple applicants. In Alabama, a Court issued a ruling prohibiting Court Judges from issuing a marriage license to same-sex couple notwithstanding a federal court order to the contrary.
North Carolina, too, has its legislators allowing courthouse employees to deny issuance of marriage licenses and performance of marriage ceremonies if such will offend employees’ religious beliefs.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said even when the U.S. Supreme Court will allow same-sex marriage in these four states, the bishops will ensure “a panoply of church-state litigation for decades to come,” Detroit Free Press said.