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Marriage news from around the country

By |2001-04-07T09:00:00-04:00April 7th, 2001|Uncategorized|

Compiled by Dawn Wolfe

Idaho: State Democrats wrapped up their three-day biennial convention this weekend, adopting a pro-choice platform and giving generalized support for equal marriage rights. Delegates voted multiple times on equal marriage, settling on a plank that scantly affirms the issue. The platform now says the party opposes “Amending our Constitution in ways which build discrimination into law.”

Massachusetts: While the governor was in Washington arguing for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions, another high-profile Republican was in Boston delivering a homily at the wedding of a same-sex couple. Former Governor William Weld attended the wedding of his revenue commissioner, Mitchell Adams, and chief of staff Kevin Smith at the historic King’s Chapel. Weld says he’s opposed to any constitutional amendment barring equal marriage and says that if he were in Washington he would have testified on the opposite side of the issue as the current governor.

New Hampshire: A group of state Democrats and Republicans gathered to oppose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban equal marriage rights. The Campaign to Protect the Constitution released a list of New Hampshire lawmakers from both parties who oppose the amendment at a news conference. Several county and state Republican party chairmen are on the list, as well as some organizers of Bush’s re-election.

New Mexico: The state Supreme Court has requested written legal arguments from the attorney general’s office in a dispute over a county clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. the Sandoval County Clerk asked the court earlier this month to dismiss a temporary restraining order preventing her from handing out more licenses to same-sex couples. The court, in a one-page order on June 21, directed the state to file written arguments by July 6 responding to the clerk’s petition before the justices. The court typically seeks responses from parties in a case before determining how to proceed. No hearing has been scheduled in the case.

Washington: Six state legislators and a wide variety of religious organizations, civil rights groups and bar associations filed friend-of-the-court briefs June 24 in support of marriage
for same-sex couples in the state. Lambda Legal and the Northwest Women’s Law Center filed a lawsuit in state court in March seeking the right to marry for same-sex couples. The briefs filed today urge the court to rule in favor of treating all couples equally.

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