|Official Website tracking the progress of the complaint
filed against the State of Arizona on January 6, 2014,
for Marriage Equality.
Renee Kaminski and Robin Reece
Meet the Plaintiffs: Renee Kaminski and Robin Reece
Renee Kaminski was born in Fountain Valley, California and was raised in Arizona while Robin Reece was born in Phoenix and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. Renee and Robin are partners in life and partners in creating life, the life of their son. Together since 2007, they own a thriving photography business, based in the Phoenix area. Together. Forever. That’s the expectation they have. They would marry but Arizona denies them that right. Together creating life. Renee was there when Robin conceived their son. Together, nurturing life. Throughout the pregnancy Renee and Robin planned the future of their young son, dreamed dreams. Together they experienced Austin’s birth, as Austin’s parents. And then in a flash, there was “Not together”… After the most joyous occasion in their life, Austin was flown from Flagstaff to Phoenix for emergency medical care right after birth. Renee was denied access to the son she helped create with the love of her life when she arrived in Phoenix. “Early visitation” was limited to only “legally” recognized parents! Wishing to marry, wishing to validate their family and in hopes that no other mother would be denied access to her child, Renee and Robin joined the team to fight for marriage equality and their growing family.
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Same-Sex Marriage and Children is the first book to bring together historical, social science, and legal considerations to comprehensively respond to the objections to same-sex marriage that are based on the need to promote so-called "responsible procreation" and child welfare. Carlos A. Ball places the current marriage debates within a broader historical context by exploring how the procreative and child welfare claims used to try to deny same-sex couples the opportunity to marry are similar to earlier arguments used to defend interracial marriage bans, laws prohibiting disabled individuals from marrying, and the differential treatment of children born out of wedlock. Ball also draws a link between welfare reform and same-sex marriage bans by explaining how conservative proponents have defended both based on the need for the government to promote responsible procreation among heterosexuals.
In addition, Ball examines the social science studies relied on by opponents of same-sex marriage and explains in a highly engaging and accessible way why they do not support the contention that biological status and parental gender matter when it comes to parenting. He also explores the relevance of the social science studies on the children of lesbians and gay men to the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. In doing so, the book looks closely at the gay marriage cases that recently reached the Supreme Court and explains why the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans cannot be defended on the basis that maintaining marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution helps to promote the best interests of children. Same-Sex Marriage and Children will help lawyers, law professors, judges, legislators, social and political scientists, historians, and child welfare officials-as well as general readers interested in matters related to marriage and families-understand the empirical and legal issues behind the intersection of same-sex marriage and children's welfare.
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