Compiled By Dawn Wolfe
Arkansas: Arkansans for Human Rights, a group formed to campaign against a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban equal marriage rights, filed incorporation papers last week with the secretary of state’s office.
The amendment would define marriage as only a union of a man and a woman, and bans civil unions and domestic partnerships.
Missouri: On Aug. 3, voters denied the civil rights of LGBT citizens by passing a constitutional amendment banning equal marriage rights. The measure passed with 71 percent of the vote. It reads: “That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.”
New Mexico: The attorney for a Sandoval County Clerk who wants to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples filed motions Aug. 4 seeking to block the Attorney General’s request for a permanent injunction barring her from issuing the licenses. One motion contends that the Attorny General has not tried to act against the couples whose marriages she is challenging, and the other contends she failed to state a legal claim for her request for an injunction.
North Dakota: Right-wing activists delivered more than 52,000 petition signatures to the state Capitol asking for a vote on a constitutional amendment that would reserve marriage rights to dual-sex couples. The text of the proposed amendment states: “Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman. No other domestic union, however denominated, may be recognized as a marriage, or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect.”
Washington: A state judge ruled Aug. 4 that gay and lesbian couples who are denied the right to marry are being deprived of their constitutional rights. The decision will have no immediate effect. The state Supreme Court will review the case, and no marriage licenses can be issued until it weighs in on the matter.