Gay partner can inherit — in New York, anyway

Susan Sommer

Lambda Legal has won another lawsuit related to same-sex marriage, this time in New York. The court ruled that the survivor of a same-sex marriage can inherit as a spouse.

J. Craig Leiby and H. Kenneth Ranftle were together 25 years and married in Canada in 2008. Ranftle died of lung cancer later that year and left his estate to Leiby.

After his death, one of Ranftle’s brothers challenged the will claiming same-sex marriage is not legal in New York. That state does, however, recognize marriages performed elsewhere and that recognition has been upheld in court at least twice.

“The Leiby case marks the first time a New York appeals court has afforded recognition to same-sex spouses for inheritance purposes,” said Lambda Legal senior counsel Susan Sommer.

Sommer said that the ruling protects out-of-state marriages. Families are prevented from pretending there was no relationship and disregarding the wishes of the deceased.

—  David Taffet

Anne Heche’s mother’s new homophobic book

Nancy Heche has written The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality” with co-author Joe Dallas. Great. Couldn’t he have found a different last name?

Heche’s hatred of gays goes back before her daughter Anne’s relationship with Ellen. Mother Heche’s husband was a closeted gay man who died of AIDS in 1983. Her bitterness comes through in the first few pages of the book that is available on Google Books.

What a load of crap.

Her co-author is a self-hating gay man who has been “struggling” with his homosexuality since the 1970s. He’s apparently been in and out of the closet for years. What’s most horrifying about this man is that he now counsels other gay men, causing them the same distress and guilt he feels, induced by some warped religious teaching.

You want to be miserable? Fine. You want to cause other people misery and counsel them into committing suicide? He should be arrested.

They should have stopped after their third sentence.

“If it doesn’t matter to God, it needn’t matter to us.

“There are, after all, countless issues for Christians to be concerned about. So in an age marred by terrorism, poverty, violence, and corruption at every level, some would assume that sexual morality is, by its nature, a secondary matter.”

Obviously their answer is no. It doesn’t matter what God thinks. Even though there are countless issues that people should be concerned about, this one makes money by pandering to bigots.

The book helps good Christians deal with vexing moral dilemmas. What should you do if a relative you love who is gay wants to visit with his partner? They give advice to “Christian” counselors who are treating gays and lesbians who have come to them for help. Why would any gay or lesbian go to a counselor who would take advice from this bitten woman and her self-hating gay partner?

I always enjoy when bigots misquote the Bible for their own purposes.

In a footnote, they cite 1 Corinthians 6:11.

The line I found was:

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Their translation:

Former homosexuals are nothing new.

We can all translate. I’d interpret the line to mean that after being cleansed, even hateful people like Heche can become loving, accepting people.

In case you’re wondering about transgender issues, Heche devotes the entire last three pages of the book to the issue. Just find the right pastor and, despite surgery, you can begin living as the sex you were born.

Who really cares what this woman says? The only reason for her celebrity is her famous daughter’s bisexuality and that daughter’s relationship with someone America actually loves.

Sally Kern could use this book for some new rants if she ever runs out. It should become a best-seller.

—  David Taffet