Think It's Only about Gay People?

Some people say it's an unintended consequence that civil unions and marriage bans also jeopardize legal protections for unmarried couples. It seems clear to me that some of the organizations and lawmakers behind these measures are quite serious about limiting any rights or recognition to married families only. I don't think it's unintended. Remember Senator Carol Roessler during the Senate debate?

Check this out. A town in Missouri is threatening to evict any families with children that don't consist of a married heterosexual couple.

On Tuesday the City Council of Black Jack, near St. Louis, rejected a measure that would have changed the definition of a family to include unmarried couples with two or more children.

“I don’t believe there should be a definition behind the word ‘family,’ ” said Olivia Shelltrack, who along with her boyfriend, Fondrey Loving, was denied an occupancy permit in Black Jack because the two have three children and are not married.

“I thought everyone had a right to live where they wanted to live,” Shelltrack, 31, said Wednesday.

The measure was rejected on a 5-3 vote. As a result, Mayor Norman McCourt said in a statement, those who do not meet the town’s definition of family could soon face eviction.

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At 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet if Ms. Shelltrack voted for the Missouri ban back in 2004 she regrets it now. These bans are what truly qualify as slippery slopes.

At 11:18 AM, Blogger Paul said...

I couldn't believe it when I read this story on The religious right not only has problemms with gay people, but with many straight people as well. For anyone who likes Savage Love or Dan Savage in general, he occasionally addresses this issue in his "Straight Rights Update." It's a good read (course language, however).


At 1:49 PM, Blogger Communitygal said...

What's truly scary about this action by a local government is that it is based on a local zoning law that many many municipalities have. Indeed, even parts of Madison are zoned to prevent more than three people not related by blood or marriage to live in the same household. Fact is, most places don't enforce the zoning law, or if they do it is only after noise or other complaints. So these laws already exist--all over--and unless the political winds change, it is only a matter of time before we see this kind of thing happening in communities all over the country. And the first people to be targeted, though certianly not the only people, will be gay and lesbian couples with two or more children.

Tar and feathers, anyone?


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