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January 6, 2011

The rights of single people

Filed under: poetry,subjectivity — by JR @ 10:16 pm
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The law is unclear.

It depends on the state. It can be harsh. Couple this fact with the historical reluctance of the federal judiciary to intervene in military affairs.

Some of the courts have been loquacious.  What is “sodomy?”  What is “fornication?”  Can a single person adopt a child? Can a gay person adopt a child?  Is fornication a crime?

Can a gay person adopt a child? Perhaps. The language frequently used in wills and trusts refers to natural and adopted children or issue. Issues involving single people are on the cutting edge. Can a single adult adopt another adult? Can a gay adult adopt another adult? Can another adult adopt an issue? Can an issue adopt a cutting edge? Can a cutting edge adopt another cutting edge? Probably not. It would be more exciting and challenging in many respects, but romantic, impractical and unstable. The law is unclear.

Not all of the legal issues involving artificial insemination are of concern to single people. The focus in this book is on the issues that particularly affect single people. Americans, informed of their rights, will be encouraged to exercise them. Through their exercise, rights are given life.  There is no clear answer today.

There are several constitutional arguments that can be made. Yes. No. It depends on the state. Traditionally, no. Not on that basis alone. Yes, if the person’s name is on the lease. The best way to avoid this problem is by having your name on the lease. The home is a sanctuary, and where, within it, acts occur that do not harm others, the government may not intrude. It is always a good idea to have your name on the lease.

[adapted from The Rights of Single People: A Basic Guide to the Legal Rights of Unmarried People Under Current Law (ACLU Handbook), 1985]

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