Not So Equal…

 

This summer we witnessed history in the making as on June 24, 2011 the New York State Legislature passed the Marriage Equality Act, legalizing same-sex marriage in the state of NY. The new law provides same-sex married couples with the same benefits as opposite-sex couples, such as eligibility for health insurance coverage, hospital visitations, inheritance laws, children having two legal parents, and etc.   Without a doubt, for the New York LGBT community, the new law is one more victory in a fight for equality.  However, since the laws nationwide provide a very disparate treatment when it comes to things such as, for instance, adoption, the fight for equality is far from over.… <Read More>


Will the U.S. Supreme Court History Repeat Itself Again?

A look back into the history of this country illustrates that the fight over whether same-sex marriage should be allowed is yet another hotly debated issue that has divided this country and challenged our long-standing notions of morality and tradition.  Less than a century ago the thought of women having a right to vote was deemed unconscionable.  Today women cannot even fathom the fact that they could have ever been denied such a fundamental right as citizens.   About fifty years ago African-Americans fought to have the same rights as white Americans to vote, to frequent public establishments, and to utilize public transportation; whether black children should be allowed to attend the same schools as white children was hotly disputed; blacks were denied admittance into graduate schools, and interracial marriages were prohibited.   Today our country is being led by a black (or to be more accurate – interracial) president who attended an Ivy League law school.  The contested list of constitutional rights is long.   And if an old adage that “history tends to repeat itself” is true, then it is just a matter of time before the right to a same-sex marriage becomes the supreme law of the land, and protests and debates are featured on the History channel.  Until then, we just have to wait and watch as this fight plays out in the courts, in the Congress, in the upcoming presidential elections, and in our streets.… <Read More>


Should Anyone Be Above the Law When It Comes to Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is one of the most prevalent social ills affecting our society. Fortunately, in recent decades the progress in legal response to domestic violence has been astonishing with the passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the emergence of specialized and integrated domestic violence courts in 1990’s. Sadly, our legal framework still fails to deter against first offenses or prevent recidivism. Even more reprehensible is when an alleged perpetrator manages to find a way to circumvent the law.… <Read More>


In Search For An Imaginary Safe Place

In today’s world of ever-growing vigilance on child abuse and child pornography, there is hardly a day that goes by without a headline in the news about children suffering at the hands of their parents or other trusted adults.  On Monday, February 28, 2011, a Michigan man pled guilty to six charges related to the sexual exploitation of children, and faces 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in June.   Yet, no matter how accustomed one has become to reading such horrific stories, this is one of those news stories that leaves you absolutely speechless, and not necessarily just about what this man has done himself, but who his accomplices were…… <Read More>