I found this quite intriquing: Islamic Divorce Ruled Not Valid in Maryland
The article discusses the Islamic divorce custom talaq, in which a man can divorce his wife by saying (writing?) "I divorce you" three times.
"Talaq lacks any significant 'due process' for the wife, its use, moreover, directly deprives the wife of the 'due process' she is entitled to when she initiates divorce litigation in this state. The lack and deprivation of due process is itself contrary to this state's public policy," the court wrote.
Reaction from a representative of the Muslim community:
"For the most part, Muslims expected this kind of ruling," said Muneer Fareed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield, Ind. "The contrary would be a surprise to them. They do not expect the U.S. legal system to give full recognition of talaq."
Um ... well ... duh. Srsly, people, finding a practice which is inherently discriminatory to be invalid is pretty much a no-brainer. I would imagine that if another world religion had a similar way in which a man could divorce his wife the Maryland court would also deem that to be unconstitutional.
Yet, in affirming the separation of church and state, I wonder if the court has inadvertantly created a situtation in which someone could be religiously divorced, yet legally married. [I really want to use the word ramifications but can't quite make it work ...]
I find it oddly compelling that the court willingly removes religion from divorce, yet continues to uphold religion's deathgrip on marriage. Now, discuss (a) Christianity's contribution to marriage rites in the US and (b) how the court should abolish the discriminatory practice of heterosexual-only religious marriage and recognize equal under the law civil unions for all.
And, speaking of gay sex ...
Duck-billed platypuses have ten (yes, 10!) sex chromosomes and "the key gene on the Y chromosome that confers maleness in most mammals is not on any of the platypus's sex chromosomes. It is on another chromosome, where it seems to have nothing to do with sex."
Read more about the wacky genome of the platypus here: Platypus Genome Found Fittingly Strange.
OK. Fine. You caught me. That has nothing to do with gay sex. It was a cheap tactic designed to keep you reading. Sorry.