You can now get gay married in Las Vegas. Justice Kennedy has been making my head spin enough to know how Linda Blair felt today.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy temporarily blocked gay marriages from beginning in Idaho on Wednesday after state officials requested a freeze on Tuesday's federal appeals court ruling striking down Idaho's same-sex marriage ban. Justice Kennedy issued an order on Wednesday clarifying that this action does not apply to Nevada. The new order means gay marriage can proceed in Nevada but will remain on hold in Idaho.And on a somber note, the very first gay marriage was legally recognized here in Florida, postmortem.
Fort Myers widow Arlene Goldberg has finally received official Florida recognition of her marriage to Carol Goldwasser: Under a judge's order, the state amended Goldwasser's death certificate to read “married.”
“I was really excited. I couldn’t believe they did it,” Goldberg told the Miami Herald two weeks ago, when she first saw the amended death certificate. “Of course, the judge mandated it be done. And it’s done.”
Partners for 47 years, Goldberg and Goldwasser moved from the Bronx to Florida in 1989 and married in New York in October 2011. Goldwasser died March 13.
Goldberg’s primary income is Social Security. Because Florida doesn’t recognize Goldberg’s marriage, she is unable to qualify as Goldwasser’s widow and collect her Social Security payments, which were $700 more each month than Goldberg’s.
It’s unclear whether Social Security will immediately accept Goldwasser’s amended death certificate and change Goldberg’s monthly payment.
“Our attorneys are exploring all possibilities. We are certainly going to continue to fight on Arlene’s behalf to ensure that she gets all the rights, benefits and protections to which she is entitled as a married woman,” said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida. “But for today, we are focusing on the bittersweet and very late recognition of Arlene’s marriage by Florida officials. Unfortunately, it had to be by court order.”It's looking like there will be a lot of marriage equality stories coming in the days and months ahead. I'm ready! When this is all over I look forward to limiting my writings to trashy romance novels that entice, yet leave the readers feeling sexually inadequate.