[Late Breaker: Not so fast, the Supreme Court issued a stay late this afternoon. So, this won't be resolved until as late as next June 2015 -- so put away those bottles of champaign for now!]
Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors. The state’s ban on same-sex marriages was struck down by the 4th US circuit court of appeals, which decided not to delay its ruling while it is appealed. Unless the US supreme court intervenes, same-sex marriages will be legal beginning at 8am on Thursday.
The revised license forms “would reflect the constitutional right of same-sex couples to legally marry in Virginia by asking for the name and gender of each spouse, whereas before, the form required a bride and groom because that was all the Commonwealth could legally recognize”, Michael Kelly, a spokesman for the Virginia attorney general’s office, said in an email to the Associated Press.
This is great news for many of Arlington’s DHS and Guardian Ad Litems that were instrumental in taking kids from their parents, destroying their families, and have been hoping to adopt some of those kids to LGBT couples.
Read more: The Guardian
The world is in mourning for Robin Williams, who committed suicide on Monday. The superstar comedian was battling depression aggravated in part by overly burdensome family court divorce settlements — causing him to be in impossible financial distress. His death, and the circumstances surrounding it, raises the growing concern of the damages that family courts can do to families by ignoring the health and wellbeing of all of their members, rather than focusing on an arbitrary myopic standard such as “best interests of the child.”
As in the many cases that this blog has written about, e.g. Mackney, O’Brien Heffernan, Hey, and Parish, the family courts have used a “scorched earth” approach destroying families — by systematically victimizing not only the children but also the rest of their families.
When will the family court laws be changed to end this insanity? How many more families must be destroyed? When is the immunity for Arlington judges, case workers, and county attorneys going to be eliminated so that they can be forced to answer for their criminal conduct? Read More: LA Times
The most used and abused standard by family court judges is the “best interests of the child.” Try to find a definition of that phrase and you will find none. The approach the judiciary takes towards it is “you know it when you see it.” Without jury trials in family courts, there is no imposition of a “community standard.” Thus, the only unqualified opinions are subjective ones of the judge himself — and a typically less qualified Guardian Ad Litem.
What is the “best interests of the child” when the proposed remedy destroys a family? How about if it causes the alienated parent to become severely depressed and to take their own life? Such was the case in the case of Chris Mackney. A Fairfax Judge Bellows, along with his divorcing wife and her attorneys, led him to kill himself. He wrote a suicide note explaining why he killed himself and placed it online. (you can see it here or hear it here (read by a woman)) To add insult to injury, Arlington County Judge Almond entered an order allowing the estranged wife to have his suicide note taken down based on “copyright” claims of the estate. (read about that here)
Hear it read here:
Read more background here.
See another reading here.