We get them elsewhere, then come to your state.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill recognizing gay marriages sanctioned in other states during the nearly five months such unions were legal in California.
Schwarzenegger says the action is consistent with a state Supreme Court ruling upholding the marriages of same-sex couples who tied the knot in California before voters approved Proposition 8.
Proposition 8 is a constitutional amendment passed in November that limits marriage to a man and a woman.
It's great that it is consistent with In Re Marriage Cases . . . except the ruling in that is superceded by the amendment to the state constitution, and now Governor Schwarzenegger's signing is inconsistent with the state constitution, which is supposed to be the highest law in the state.
In short, it is yet another legal quagmire. But this be California, home of such.
The law that Schwarzenegger signed also says that same-sex couples who married after November 5, 2009 in other states must be given all of the rights, protections and responsibilities of married spouses under California law, with the sole exception of the designation of "marriage."
Sooooo . . . I have Mary come into my office. Mary was married to Vicki on November 6, 2009 in Massachusetts. The next day, they come to live in Los Angeles and buy a house. Mary says, "I want spousal support." Only married parties or registered domestic partners in California get spousal support. Soooooo . . . does Mary have legal standing to request spousal support. Let's say Vicki makes 3 times as much as Mary - d'ya think Vicki is going to say, "Uh-uh, because we are neither married under this law (true), nor did we register as domestic partners in California (also true)." But Mary argues, "Ah, but the law says we are to have all of the rights of married spouses under California law," to which some LGBT organization files an amicus curiae brief that argues this law is discriminatory because it gives gay couples who happen to have married in, say, Massachusetts and New Jersey, more rights than gay couples who have always lived in California but did not marry between June 2008 and November 2008, to which another group files their own brief to argue that all of this is moot anyway because the law signed by Schwarzenegger is unconstitutional.
Oh . . . and is the house community property or not. Discuss and give three analogous examples.