OLYMPIA, WA — The campaign for gay rights trained its hopes for marriage equality on nine men and women inside the Temple of Justice yesterday.
Attorneys for 19 lesbian and gay couples, their expectations high, made their case for state-sanctioned civil marriage before the Washington Supreme Court as the state, King County and a group of intervenors argued that the traditional look of marriage should not change. Read more
When will we stop being used as political tools for the rightwing?
Legislation aimed at preventing same-sex marriage in New Mexico cleared the Senate Wednesday. The upper house voted 25 – 12, moving the measure to the House. The so-called defense of marriage act would define marriage in New Mexico as the union of one man and one woman. Read more
A proposed amendment to the Alabama constitution banning same-sex marriage and civil unions is likely to appear on the 2006 primary ballot.
The House approved a Senate version of the bill on Tuesday adding the civil unions ban. It now goes back to the Senate for final ratification – likely to occur on Thursday.
The House voted 85 – 7 on the measure with little debate. The sponsor of the House version, Rep. Yusuf Salamm (D-Selma), said that no “civilized society” has every accepted same-sex marriage.
“The Legislature has a right to promote the general welfare of this state and, to be quite frank, we should be leery of any social experiment that does not have any precedent whatsoever in human history,” he said.
Alabama law already prohibits same-sex marriages. But lawmakers in favor of the amendment said they wanted a constitutional ban to prevent courts from striking down the state law.
Rep. Alvin Holmes (D-Montgomery) argued that even though the measure was sponsored by a fellow Democrat it was little more than an effort to help Republicans win elections in 2006.
“This bill has nothing to do with ethical, moral or religious issues. It has to do with the governor’s race in Alabama,” Holmes said.
Another member asked about the amendment’s impact on the transgendered.
“What happens if John becomes Joan through this kind of surgery they do and marries Sarah — are we dealing with same-sex marriage or not?” asked Rep. Demetrius Newton (D-Birmingham).
When will we stop being used as political tools for the right-wing extremists?
Legislation aimed at preventing same-sex marriage in New Mexico cleared the Senate Wednesday.
The upper house voted 25 – 12, moving the measure to the House.
The so-called defense of marriage act would define marriage in New Mexico as the union of one man and one woman.
Democrats argued that such a definition is discriminatory.
“If we choose to vote for this bill today, we choose to give up our freedoms. Not because there’s a valid reason to do it, but because we believe in our fears, not in our hopes,” Democrat Cisco McSorley, “ told Senators before the vote.
Sen. Phil Griego in an impassioned speech told fellow senators about his late brother Billy. Griego said that Billy and his partner, Jim were part of every family get-together and celebration.
“I would rather have seen Billy and Jim raise 10 kids than some heterosexual couples,” Griego said.
“We have a measure here today that will define a certain group of New Mexicans, cut them out and separate them… That’s not right,” Griego said.
But Republicans were adamant that the legislation was needed to protect traditional marriage.
“Defining marriage for many of us is relatively easy when you view marriage, the central social institution of our society, as an evolution of the natural order,” said Republican Mark Boitano.
Governor Bill Richardson says that he would sign a bill defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, but only if it had a civil union component that would protect same-sex couples.
Legislation that would permit civil unions remains tied in a Senate committee.