February 4, 2009, - 12:03 pm

Your Day in Expanding Gay Marriage Rights in Divorce & Estates

By Debbie Schlussel
While gay activists continue violence and whining over their loss of gay marriage in a democratically enacted California ballot initiative, gay marriage unfortunately continues to make gains.
And it even includes American officials recognizing foreign countries’ gay marriages in American states where gay marriage isn’t recognized.
A New York County Surrogate (which is apparently an estate or probate judge in New York) issued a decision recognizing a Canadian same-sex marriage in an estate matter. It’s the second time New York has recognized Canadian gay marriage as legal–even though New York itself does not legally recognize gay marriage:

New York County Surrogate Kristin Booth Glen issued a decision on January 26 recognizing the Canadian same-sex marriage of J. Craig Leiby and the late H. Kenneth Ranftle.


Contrary to a ruling issued last year by Queens County Surrogate Robert Nahman, who expressed doubt about whether a Canadian same-sex marriage would be recognized in a New York probate proceeding in the absence of a ruling on the question by the Appellate Division for the 2nd Department, in which Queens County is located, Surrogate Glen expressed no such reservation, even though the [sic] there is similarly no ruling yet by the Appellate Division for the 1st Department, which includes Manhattan.
Rather, applying established principles of New York marriage recognition law and citing the 4th Department’s decision from last February 1 in Martinez v. County of Monroe, Glen concluded, “Mr. Leiby is decedent’s surviving spouse and sole distributee,” so there was no need for formal notification of Ranftle’s surviving siblings about the pending probate proceeding regarding the will he left. Glen signed the probate decree, allowing Ranftle’s last will and testament to go into effect.
In last year’s Martinez case, an Appellate Division panel unanimously ruled that Monroe Community College must recognize the Canadian marriage of one of its employees and accord her lesbian spouse health benefits.
The potential impact of this first decision by an elected New York surrogate recognizing a same-sex marriage contracted out-of-state is huge.

Say good-bye to marriage–and American sovereignty–as we know it. Apparently, Canada now gets to decide which marriage is legit in America.
Then, there’s the issue of gay divorce. One of the myths we’re constantly told by gay marriage propagandists is that gay relationships are stronger and gays stay together longer than heterosexual marriages, 50% of which end in divorce. Well, we knew it wasn’t true. And now we’re seeing the proof.
Exhibit A is the divorce of Julie and Hillary Goodridge, lesbian activists who were one of seven gay couples who filed the lawsuit that led to Massachusetts legalizing gay marriage in 2004. They married the first day that gay marriage in the State became legal and have a 12-year-old adopted daughter.
No word on who will get custody of the cat, the WNBA season tickets, the Dinah Shore Classic trip, the sensible, comfortable shoes, and the battery-operated male organ simulator.

9 Responses

If someone proposed “gay marriage” decades ago they’d be locked up in the asylum. Today the lunatic and bizarre have become disturbingly “normal.” The entire idea is an oxymoron as well as an affront to G-d and Nature. How can you have a marriage of true minds if they are alike? You can’t!

NormanF on February 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

For those gays and lesbians geniuses who want to marry, I have a message for you:
You can try all you want but you will never be able to impregnate your partner.
I’m amazed:
Animals are naturally attracted to their opposite gender, that’s how they procreate and continue their breed, but the Human Being decided to break what has been the course of nature and the purpose of Creation to satisfy a dysfunctional, deviated sexual desire.
Sometimes, dumb animals are wiser and smarter than “intelligent” Homo Sapiens.

Independent Conservative on February 4, 2009 at 1:32 pm

The whole Gay marriage thing is a big nothing. Just like a judge cannot issue an order making “2 + 2 = 5” (It will aways equal 4), a judge cannot issue an order making gays married. No matter what anyone says or does, if a couple is of the same sex they are not married, PERIOD!!!
I cannot believe all the time that is wasted on this. A couple can pretend they are married, just like I can pretend to be President.

i_am_me on February 4, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Marriage used to mean something sacred to people. Now it means nothing more than giving license to indulge in one’s depravity.

NormanF on February 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

utter depravity, and shows the results of pc education. You wrote yesterday about leftist Jewish children who haven’t learned enough to refute Islamic/terrorist lies. In society as a whole, PC indoctrination has been so intense and pervasive over the last few decades that even judges don’t have the intellectual background to throw out these absurdities. While some professional schools are still decent, they don’t provide the intellectual background to understand their specialties properly within society as a whole.

c f on February 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Would you be okay with it if gay people were allowed to enter into non-marriage contractual agreements, including naming each other as inheritance beneficiaries, capable of making medical decisions in case of coma, etc.? If not, why not?
I consider it a pretty basic right that I should be able to say where my money goes when I die, and it’s not the business of the government or anyone else what that person’s relationship to me is.

LibertarianBulbasaur on February 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I think HOMOSEXUALS are trying rear end…err back door their way into getting HOMOSEXUAL marriage recognized. They are trying the same thing in Texas, obviously a set up. Some HOMOSEXUAL couple is trying to have a court recognize their divorce, defacto “HOMOSEXUAL marriage recognition” from Massachusetts. These cases will be filed and appealed from court to court until they get a federal district court or state supreme court to give them recognition.
Back in the 80s and 90s HOMOSEXUALS used to say “Stay out of my bedroom”, now its “Dammit, Look who’s in my bedroom!!”

californiascreaming on February 4, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Here is a hot flash for you, set up a will or trust and give your money to whom ever you want.
You do not have to be “married” to decide who your heirs are going to be when you kick the bucket.

ScottyDog on February 5, 2009 at 3:12 am

Hello Debbie Schlussel and All
Give homosexuals what they want IF…
If they want the same equal rights as heterosexual married couples then I say send all the male homosexuals to an island and all the female homosexuals to a separate island. Then go back to those islands in 75-100 years, if they can survive without the opposite sex for 100 years then we will give them equal rights as heterosexuals.
Here is a book everybody should read if you want to know how far the homosexuals will go to get their views excepted by all.
Warned: Canada’s Revolution Against Faith, Family And Freedom Threatens America by Tristan, A Emmanuel

INFINITE on February 5, 2009 at 11:32 am

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