A proposed state ban on lesbian and gay marriages in California would affect nearly 150,000 children living with lesbian and gay couples or single parents.
According to a study by Michael Wald, Stanford University law professor, those children might feel ostracized by society if their parents' marriages were not considered valid. Wald specializes in the effect of public policies on children.
"By all reports, these families are doing very well," said Wald. He also indicated that studies show children of lesbian and gay parents do well in school and are well-adjusted, but frequently face intolerance.
Proposition 22 would allow California to recognize marriages only with a woman and a man. Voters will decide on this issue in March.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .