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equality

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Petition to United States Supreme Court, U.S. House of Representatives, President of the United States

Legalize Plural marriage.

Simply put, we should have the legal freedom to marry as others do, Equal protection. Please read carefully.  Intent is to grant freedom to marry and to protect the underage. ------------------------------------ Same Sex Marriage is now legal, and I believe that those wishing a plural marriage should have equal protection under the law. More protection for those without a voice. i.e. if a marriage license is required then everyone involved would have to be OF AGE and all parties would have to give informed consent. Medical Insurance, Medical Decisions and Custody issues I believe could be addressed in a similar fashion as existing probate and custody laws already in place, employer provided healthcare could be fractional i.e. Employer pays for one total spouse or 50% and 50% of two spouses. More $ for local and state governments thru selling marriage licenses, wedding decorations etc. It would help families not have to feel the need to hide from society and they would be more apt to report any problems or difficulties in their homes. More freedom of choice. In the "Land of the FREE and the home of the brave" freedom should be IMPORTANTAffords more people equal protection under the law as required by the constitution. Would go a long ways towards eliminating marital and religious bigotry. It would save taxpayers millions and millions of $'s in future legal costs to have the discussion of Legalizing Plural marriage now vs.later. It would eliminate the arbitrary nature of the laws against those that want to live in a Polygamous family. It would help to eliminate abuse by those that are wanting to live a polygamous lifestyle for the WRONG reasons.It would enhance our national freedoms not take them away. I think it would be wise to protect the underage and those without a voice from harm in bad situationsI am just asking that I not get penalized for a few that might take advantage of polygamous marriages and do it for the wrong reasons, Give those of us that want to live it in the right way and for the right reasons a chance to live our beliefs. Legal/Constitutional reasons to Legalize Plural marriage ! There is NOT a single "LEGAL" non arbitary reason to prohibit it.  There are however legal and social reasons to make it legal. Many federal judges have recently ruled with regards to marriage that individuals should be allowed equal protection under the law. Furthermore, It is my understanding that we are supposed to be protected against discrimination with regards to the sales of products, goods and services in relation to Religion/Belief system, Race and Gender.  I feel that I am being discriminated against when I am NOT allowed to purchase a LEGAL marriage license under my system of beliefs.From the dissenting opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia in U.S. v. Windsor - supreme courts DOMA Decision.This case is about power in several respects. It is about the power of our people to govern themselves, and the power of this Court to pronounce the law. Today’s opinion aggrandizes the latter, with the predictable consequence of diminishing the former. .  .  .[In its holding, the Court] accuses the Congress that enacted this law and the President who signed it of something much worse than, for example, having acted in excess of enumerated federal powers—or even having drawn distinctions that prove to be irrational. Those legal errors may be made in good faith, errors though they are. But the majority says that the supporters of this Act acted with malice—with the “purpose” “to disparage and to injure” same-sex couples. It says that the motivation for DOMA was to “demean,” to “impose inequality,” to “impose a stigma,” to deny people “equal dignity,” to brand gay people as “unworthy,” and to “humiliat[e]” their childrenAccording to Victoria Dunlap former Sandoval County Clerk New Mexico;there are no legal grounds that say this should  be prohibited, I can't withhold it. (regarding same  gender marriage)  So what "Legal" grounds are  their to limit how many marriage contracts a person enters into ?It seems to me that with the opinion of Justice Scalia and that of Victoria Dunlap the exact same things could be said of the provisions against Polygamy.California is considering the following..RE: SB 1476 (Leno) – Provide that a child may have a parent and child relationship with more than 2 parents.Status: Passed the California  Legislature.  Enrolled and presented to the Governor for his approval.IF MORE THAN two parents are acceptable for 1 child why is more than one spouse not acceptable ... It is discrimination to NOT ALLOW FOR IT....--------------------------------a U.S. federal judge struck down part of Utah’s law banning polygamy on Friday, December 13, 2013. For more information regarding this case, please see this article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/14/justice/utah-polygamy-law/I don't want to make this something ugly or complicated or cause the taxpayers undo costs and think it is wrong to waste taxpayer funds on litigation of social issues.  I figure when the courts are going to be busily going about discussions on same sex marriage they may as well address my concerns as well. I feel the current and even proposed changes to the laws are and will be  applied unfairly and in an arbitrary fashion, I believe they are discriminatory.  I believe the current wave of litigation and discussion on marriage and marriage equality also are arbitrary and discriminatory as they don't address all "marriage" and family types. If people are allowed to have many, many divorces why are they not allowed to have multiple spouses ? If all parties consent and of age, it seems it should be allowed to me.In one instance a man had been married and divorced 29 times "legally" he was allowed to enter into MORE THAN ONE "Legal Marriage contract"...  Companies and individuals are all the time allowed to enter into more than one legal contract. It seems that a individual should also be allowed to enter into more than one marriage contract so long as all parties consent and are of age.It seems to be very discriminatory to define marriage as between "a man and a women or a man and a man or a women and a women" ..If you are going to redefine marriage to be about LOVE and EQUALITY... then marriage should include any UNION that one or MORE Consenting adults of age wants to be involved in.PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO ADDRESS MY CONCERNS AND BRING ABOUT A NEEDED CHANGE TO THE MARRIAGE LAWS. Resource informationhttps://www.youtube.com/user/MarkHenkelPolygamyhttp://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/sister-wives                    

Carmalita Sanchez
94 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Georgia State House, Georgia State Senate, Nathan Deal, U.S. House of Representatives

Abolish the gay panic defense in Georgia

Gay Panic Defense The U.S. has come a long way in terms of LGBTQ+ rights; however, we still have work to do. Hate crimes against the LGBT community are unfortunately still taking place, and there is a way to justify these crimes. In the occurrence of a murder of an LGBT person, the defendant can use the gay panic defense. With this defense, the defendant can claim he/she was so terrified by a homosexual advance that he/she acted in a state of temporary violence and panic. As a result of using the gay panic defense, the defendant can get his/her sentence downgraded from murder to manslaughter. This defense further justifies the hate crimes committed against the LGBT community. The plaintiff’s sexual orientation should not make a difference in the sentencing of the defendant. A legal defense that justifies violence against someone because of his/her orientation should not be tolerated. Not only this, but to use the gay panic defense would be unconstitutional. The 14th amendment states that every citizen of the U.S. is entitled to equal protection under the law.  Mission  If we abolish the gay panic in Georgia, we can further protect the LGBT community  from poorly justified hate crimes. The gay panic is currently active in 48 states, as California and Illinois have already abolished it. Our hope is that eventually, the gay panic will be abolished in the U.S. as a whole. Every little bit helps; we can start with Georgia. If we can reach around 100,000 signatures, this petition will get attention from the government. Please, do your part to help stop discrimination against the LGBT community.    

K M
258 supporters