The Chick-fil-A company has come under fire nationwide in the last few weeks due to its controversial stance on gay marriage. The company has donated large sums of money to political organizations that work to undermine gains made in the area of domestic partnership, and activists on both sides of the issue have begun to hold the company up as an example of what is right or wrong, depending on their beliefs.
Protestors in support of same-sex marriage recently organized their efforts in Austin. In connection with “National Same-Sex Kiss Day,” participants met to share a not-too-scandalous same-sex kiss in front of their local Chick-fil-A restaurants. For their part, protestors of gay marriage, such as GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, along with former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, decided to call Aug. 1 “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.”
As far as the law in Texas goes, domestic partnership agreements have been a measure of legal protection for same-sex couples for some time. The state does not recognize gay marriage, but same-sex partners can enter into a binding contract to obtain many of the same benefits that come with traditional marriage.
Attorneys with a focus on domestic partnerships can help draft the necessary legal documents to ensure that all parties are equally protected in the event of a split, illness or death. As with traditional marriages, same-sex partnerships can be fraught with legal perils.
Attorneys who focus on family law issues can help couples in same-sex and traditional partnerships alike. Homosexual and heterosexual relationships certainly don’t mirror each other in every way, but there are common legal concerns such as child custody and the division of assets that everyone should weigh when considering a domestic partnership in Texas.
Source: The Horn, “Chick-fil-A protests spread to Austin,” Aug. 5, 2012